Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, October 07, 2013

Driver Accelerates into Crowd Leaving a Funeral; 9 People taken to hospitals

Boise, Oct. 8, 2013 - At this time, three people remain hospitalized following yesterday's incident. Their injuries are serious but not reported to be life threatening.

No citations or charges have been filed in connection with the incident as the investigation is ongoing.

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Boise, Oct. 7, 2013 - Boise Police investigators say nine people were taken to local hospitals this afternoon after a vehicle appears to have accelerated into a crowd of people just leaving a funeral at a West Boise church.

"To have something like this happen to families leaving a church following a funeral makes this an extraordinarily difficult incident. Our hearts are with all those involved," said Deputy Chief William Bones. 

What Happened: Boise Police, Firefighters and Ada County EMS were called at 2:43 this afternoon to the LDS Church on the corner of West McMillan Road and North Shamrock Avenue. When emergency responders arrived they found multiple victims lying along a sidewalk and lawn area, about a 27 yard stretch between the church doors and the parking lot. 

Victims: Six people were taken by ambulance to three nearby hospitals; Saint Alphonsus Boise, Saint Alphonsus Eagle and St. Luke's Meridian. Three other people were taken to hospitals in private vehicles. Of the two most seriously injured, one is a five year old boy. At this time, the injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Officers have been told some of those injured are members of the same family. 

The Driver: Officers say it appears the driver, an 86 year old man from Boise, apparently unintentionally accelerated a newer model Toyota sedan across the parking lot, onto the sidewalk and front lawn of the church, turning to the driver's left before stopping on another sidewalk. One of the nine transported was an adult female who was a passenger in the suspect vehicle. It appears the driver had been attending the funeral along with the victims.

At this time, the crash remains under investigation. 

 

Photo below: Investigators take photos from a Boise Fire ladder truck of the tracks made by the suspect vehicle through the front lawn and sidewalk of the church.

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