Arrest made in Saturday hit-and-run that injured pedestrian

August 28, 2013 

The driver of this dark-colored SUV critically injured a pedestrian Saturday night in a hit-and run, Garden City police say. Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to call 208-472-2950 or 208-343-COPS.


Police have arrested a Meridian man in connection with Saturday night’s hit-and-run that left a 24-year-old man in critical condition.

Garden City police said John Taylor French, 19, was driving on Chinden Boulevard when he struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Alan D. Beavers was seriously injured in the wreck.

Witnesses said they saw the dark-colored SUV speed through a red light before hitting Beavers.

French fled the scene without stopping to help the injured man, police said. Beavers was listed in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus Wednesday morning, and his family said the 24-year-old has undergone several surgeries.

Photos and surveillance video show the dark-colored SUV police say belongs to French leaving the area.

Those images, along with other tips, helped detectives make an arrest, police said. Evidence left at the scene also linked French’s SUV with the crime, detectives said.

French has been charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, felony leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death, and felony destruction of evidence.

The suspect has only a minor criminal background: a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia conviction and a handful of traffic violations, including a ticket for running a stop sign in 2011.

He will appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

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