Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 21, 2011

UPDATE: Pedestrian injured in early morning collision

11-21-11 UPDATE: Pedestrian injured in early morning collision

    UPDATE: Boise, Nov. 21, 2011 - Boise Police have determined no citations will be issued 21 days after a collision between a jogger and a pickup truck has the jogger still hospitalized. 

    According to investigating officers, the pickup driver was not at fault considering the direction the jogger was coming from, the darkness, no crosswalk and no traffic signal. Tragically, the driver told officers he just didn't see the jogger in the darkness. It appears the jogger, a Boise man in his 50's, was crossing Glenwood Street outside a crosswalk at an uncontrolled intersection, which is an infraction, Idaho State Code 49-704 (below) that carries a fine of $56.50. 

    Officers say considering the totality of the circumstances, and that the jogger is still lying in a hospital bed with serious injuries, it is not in the best interest of justice to cite him. Officers say it seems extremely unlikely that when this gentleman resumes his jogging, as it's hoped he does, that he will repeat the same behavior. His experience may indeed be a good reminder to others and may have already prevented similar incidents. Officers are hoping for the man's quick recovery. 

TITLE 49
MOTOR VEHICLES
CHAPTER 7
PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES
 49-704.  Crossing at other than crosswalks.  (1) Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
(2)   Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
(3)   Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(4)   No pedestrian shall cross a highway intersection diagonally unless authorized by traffic-control devices. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the traffic-control devices pertaining to crossing movements.

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Original Release:  

    Boise, Oct. 31, 2011 - A man in his 50's who was running with his dog and crossing Glenwood Street early this morning is hospitalized with what officers say appear to be life-threatening injuries after he was hit by a truck at Glenwood and Crestwood Dr. Witnesses say it was dark, the intersection has no signal light and traffic was heavy. The driver tells officers he didn't see the jogger in the darkness.

    What Happened:Officers were called to Glenwood Street just north of Goddard Road at 7:10 a.m. Witnesses tell officers the victim was jogging from west to east diagonally across Glenwood with his dog and another runner toward a canal that runs behind the nearby Fred Meyer store. The victim was hit by a full size pick up truck traveling north on Glenwood. 

    Under Investigation:At this time, further details remain under investigation. No citations have been issued. Further information will be released as available.

    Traffic Impact:The Boise Police Crash Reconstruction Team remains on scene. Motorists in the area should expect lane restrictions on Glenwood north of Goddard until about 10:30 a.m.