Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

09-30-09 UPDATE: Cyclist-Vehicle Collision

09-30-09 UPDATE: Cyclist-Vehicle Collision
***Boise PD policy does not allow release of names of individuals (in this case, the driver) who are not cited or charged.
UPDATE: Vehicle-Cyclist Collision May 21, 2009 
    Boise, Sept. 30, 2009 - Boise Police have completed their investigation into a fatal collision between a car and a cyclist that occurred May 21st of this year. 

    Boise Police detectives recently received results from toxicology tests from the driver of the car involved in the collision. The test results proved negative for drugs or alcohol, substances that may cause impairment. 

   Several witnesses to the collision reported to investigating officers the cyclist hit was crossing Milwaukee at Emerald against the red light, meaning it appears to investigators the car driver had the green light and did not see the cyclist crossing against the light due to sun. Sadly, the cyclist died of his injuries shortly after the collision.

    Based on the information gathered, detectives have not found any evidence that the driver of the vehicle committed a crime. The police investigation has concluded and no criminal charges will be filed in this case.



Previous BPD releases:
05-21-05 UPDATE: Bicyclist Dies After Emerald- Milwaukee Collision

    UPDATE: The Ada County Coroner has identified the man killed when struck by a car while riding his bike at the intersection of Emerald and Milwaukee last night as Thomas D. Bettger, 62, of Boise.

   The investigation into the collision actively continues. Further developments will be released as soon as the investigation allows.

    Boise, May 21, 2009 - 10:15 p.m. - A bicyclist has died of his injuries following a collision with a car earlier this evening at the intersection of Emerald & Milwaukee Streets.

    Boise Police are investigating the collision. So far no arrests or citations have been issued.

    What Happened: Boise Police responded to the collision, reported at 7:45 p.m. According to witnesses, the car, a Dodge Neon was headed westbound on Emerald, into the afternoon sun. The cyclist was southbound on Milwaukee, crossing the west side of the intersection when the collision occurred. The cyclist was immediately taken to a nearby hospital but died about two hours later of his injuries. 

    Officers believe the cyclist is a 62 year old man. He was wearing a helmet and riding a mountain bike. The driver of the Neon is a 21 year old man who is cooperating with the investigation. 

    Officers are still investigating all circumstances surrounding the collision. More information will be released when confirmed. 

Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
Boise Police Department
PIO, Boise Fire Dept.
(208) 570-6180