Boise police seek information in deadly hit and run

September 26, 2013 

— A Garden City man was killed Thursday morning in Boise after he was apparently struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. The vehicle apparently took off after the collision, police said, and Investigators were reaching out to witnesses who may lead police the vehicle and it's driver.

Victor Haskell, 53, died of blunt-force trauma, the Ada County coroner said. Boise police officers said he suffered a visible traumatic head injury.

Haskell was westbound on the north side of State Street near North 30th Street- likely before sunrise - when the collision occurred, police said. The vehicle that hit him was also heading west.

Investigators believe Haskell may have entered the traffic lane to avoid construction on the sidewalk when he was struck, and may have been in a small hole created by the work for a while before being noticed by a passerby at about 8:30 a.m. Haskell was dead when officers arrived.

The bike had front and rear reflectors, a headlamp and a flashing rear LED light. Haskell was not wearing a helmet, police said.

The make of the suspect vehicle was undetermined late Thursday, bu police said it likely has significant damage to the right front side, including possibly damage to the windshield and the metal frame surrounding the windshield.

Police were hoping to talk to witnesses, or anyone who may have information about a possible suspect vehicle. Contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log on to www.343cops.com or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Tips can also be made via Facebook 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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