Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 27, 2013

UPDATE: Possible suspect and vehicle descriptions in State Street hit and run fatal

  Boise Sept 27th, 2013, 3:30 p.m. - Boise Police detectives want your help identifying a possible suspect in the fatal hit and run incident that took place on Thursday. During the course of the investigation detectives have obtained new evidence that may help citizens identify the driver. At this time detectives believe the crash took place early in the morning on State Street near North 30th at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Thursday September 26th. 

  Possible Suspect Description: Evidence indicates the suspect may be a light skinned adult male. The man may be approximately 200 lbs, around 6 feet tall with dark hair. The suspect does not appear to have any facial hair. 

  Updated Possible Suspect Vehicle Information: Evidence indicates the suspect was driving a dark colored SUV at the time of the crash. The vehicle may be a 2003 or 2004 Land Rover Discovery (see photo of similar vehicle). The suspect vehicle would likely have significant damage to the right front side, including possibly damage to the windshield and the metal frame surrounding the windshield. 

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Again, officers are hoping to speak with anyone who may be a witness to the collision or who have any information about a possible suspect vehicle. 

Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CSofSWIdaho.  A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

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UPDATE: Sept. 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - Boise Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen a collision between a cyclist and the driver of a vehicle early this morning on State Street near North 30th. 

The cyclist died of his injuries. The driver of the vehicle apparently drove off and has not yet been identified.

Victim: The Ada County Coroner has identified the man killed as Victor Haskell, 53 of Garden City. Mr Haskell was found deceased of scene of blunt force trauma. Officers say he suffered a visible traumatic head injury.

What Happened: Officers say the victim was traveling west on the north side of State Street near North 30th Street when the collision occurred. The time of the collision was likely early this morning prior to sunrise.

The suspect vehicle was also traveling westbound on State Street.

 It appears the victim was traveling in the traffic lane and may have been riding around construction on the sidewalk. Although the bike was heavily damaged, officers say the bike was equipped with head and rear reflectors, a headlamp and a flashing rear LED light. The sidewalk is under construction at that location. The victim fell into the small hole left by the construction work and may have been there for some time before being noticed by a passerby at 8:31 a.m. When officers and rescue workers arrived, Mr. Haskell was dead from his injuries.

Suspect Vehicle: The suspect vehicle would likely have significant damage to the right front side, including possibly damage to the windshield and the metal frame surrounding the windshield. At this time the make of the vehicle is unknown. 

Again, officers are hoping to speak with anyone who may be a witness to the collision or who have any information about a possible suspect vehicle. 

Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CSofSWIdaho.  A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

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Man found dead on State Street appears to be victim of Hit & Run

Boise, Sept. 26, 2013, 11:45 a.m. - Boise Police are investigating what appears to be a hit & run that left one man dead on State Street this morning.

What Happened: At this time, evidence gathered by officers at the scene indicates a man riding his bike on the north side of State Street near North 30th was hit by a vehicle. 

It appears the collision likely occurred in the early morning, prior to sunrise.

At 8:31 a.m. - a woman passing by the area called 911 telling dispatchers she saw a man lying on the sidewalk with a bicycle nearby. Officers were sent to the scene as a welfare check. The first arriving officers found the man deceased and requested the assistance of the Boise Police Crash Reconstruction team to further investigate. Officers on that specialized crash team have uncovered evidence that, at this time, points to a hit & run.

The incident remains under investigation, Additional information will be released as it's appropriate for the investigation.

Crime Stoppers: At this time officers are looking for any witnesses who may have seen what happened to the man this morning. Anyone who has any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/CSofSWIdaho.  A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.