04-21-10 Fatal Collision - Maple Grove Overpass
UPDATE: The Ada County Coroner has
identified the victim of today's crash as Elvin Thomas Spencer, 50,
Boise, April 21, 2010 - Boise Police
crash reconstruction experts and BPD detectives are trying to find
out why the driver of a sedan reportedly swerved across 3 lanes of
traffic hitting a pick up truck head on. Sadly, the driver of the
pick up truck died on scene.
What Happened: Boise Police were called by
motorists at 7:28 a.m. this morning to the south side of the I-84
overpass on Maple Grove.
When officers arrived they found two
vehicles involved in the crash, a Cadillac Seville sedan and an
older model flatbed pick up. The adult male drivers were the only
occupants of each vehicle.
Witnesses tell officers the pick up was in
the far right southbound lane. The Cadillac was headed north, also
in the far lane, when suddenly the Cadillac served to the left,
crossing two lanes, then hitting the pick up truck head on in the
The driver of the Cadillac was taken to the
hospital with what appeared to officers on scene to be serious
injuries. It's unclear if the Cadillac driver was wearing seat
belts. An airbag in the sedan did deploy.
Investigators have not found any seat belts
in the pick up. The older model truck had a bench seat that appears
to have flown forward upon impact. Officers found the pick up truck
driver severly injured when they arrived. EMS arrived on scene
within moments, placed the pick up truck driver in an ambulance,
but the man was pronounced dead on scene. Boise Police detectives
are working with the Ada County Coroner to notify the victim's
family. His identity will be released by the Coroner following
Traffic Impact: Currently southbound lanes
of Maple Grove from Franklin to the south side of the overpass are
closed while officers investigate and try to find answers as to
exactly what happened and why.