Pedestrian killed in overnight hit and run

October 4, 2013 

— A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash early Friday morning, Boise police say.

The man was crossing State Street just east of Collister Drive when he was hit by a pickup truck. Police say the crash happened about 1:15 a.m.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The driver, who was in a small gold pickup, fled the scene immediately and has not yet been identified.

Police say the suspect’s vehicle may be a mid to late 90’s Ford Ranger, or similar model pickup. The truck is believed to have damage to the front end from the crash.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

This is the third hit and run that killed or seriously injured a person in less than two months.

On Aug. 24, Alan Beavers was hit in an SUV as he crossed Chinden Boulevard in the crosswalk. John Taylor French was arrested days later, and pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday.

French told a judge that he panicked and drove off when he realized he had stuck the man after running a red light. He faces up to 11 years in prison.

Beavers remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Victor Haskell was killed Sept. 26 as he bicycled home from work. Haskell was also hit on State Street. Police believe he was attempting to pedal around construction when he was struck.

Gavin Bradford Haley turned himself in to police the next night. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Haley said he stopped after the crash, but did not see Haskell’s body. He faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

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