Alan D. Beavers was in critical condition Monday and "fighting for his life" after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Chinden Boulevard late Saturday, according to Garden City Police Chief James Bensley. The SUV that struck the 24-year-old Garden City man fled the scene, and police are asking for the public's help in finding the driver.
Police are looking for a dark-colored SUV with front-end damage, and they're urging the driver to "do the right thing" and contact the Police Department. Police believe the vehicle is a dark-colored 1992 to 1995 Toyota 4 Runner. Police also said the vehicle sustained damage to the right front quarter panel and hood area and likely sustained damage to the right front headlight and turn signal.
The crash was reported at about 10:10 p.m. Witnesses told police that the SUV was traveling west on Chinden at a high rate of speed, and the pedestrian was crossing Chinden Boulevard at Garrett Street. The SUV ran a red light and struck Beavers in the crosswalk, witnesses said.
"Immediately following the collision, witnesses observed the SUV pull into the Chevron Station on the corner but then continue southbound onto Maple Grove Road towards Mountain View. While driving through the convenience store parking lot, the SUV and its driver was captured on video surveillance camera driving through the parking lot," Bensley said.
Those who witnessed the hit-and-run aided the man until paramedics arrived at the scene, police said. Boise firefighters and Ada County paramedics performed life-saving procedures on the man, and he was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment of extensive injuries. A hospital spokesman said Beavers was listed in critical condition Monday morning.
Anyone who has seen a vehicle that matches the description is asked to contact the Garden City Police Department, 472-2950, or Crime Stoppers, 343-COPS (2677). Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.