Two still in hospital from Monday funeral crash

jsowell@idahostatesman.comOctober 12, 2013 

Paramedics help a passenger from the white Toyota — the wife of the driver, according to one man — after the car careened into funeral-goers outside a church at West McMillan Road and North Shamrock Avenue on Monday afternoon.

JOE JASZEWSKI — Idaho Statesman

A family grieving from the death of 68-year-old June Hobson when a car plowed into the crowd at her funeral Monday afternoon and injured several people said they are overwhelmed at the outpouring of support.

"We appreciate everyone's love and support, including those people we know and many more that we don't know," said Travis Hobson, one of June Hobson's eight children.

Nine people, including three who were seriously injured, were taken to the hospital after a 86-year-old friend of June Hobson drove into a crowd of about 70 people gathered outside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center at West McMillan and North Shamrock roads. The wife of the driver was among those injured.

A 5-year-old boy, the grandson of Travis Hobson's uncle, was run over. He suffered two broken legs and also suffered a head wound. He remains in the hospital along with Karen Darrington, who suffered a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

"They're still under pretty constant monitoring," Travis Hobson said.

The boy's parents are trying to arrange to have him transferred to Salt Lake City, where they reside, Hobson said.

It's been a long, grueling week for everyone involved, said Hobson, head football coach of the Class 3A Shelley Russets of the Mountain Rivers League.

"When I was coaching Friday, I didn't think about it, but it's been on all our minds a lot," said Hobson, whose team defeated Sugar-Salem 27-8. "We're very concerned about the folks that area still in the hospital and those who are out and are still recovering."

His sister, Kimberly Haddon, suffered a concussion and a broken thumb. She was released from the hospital Tuesday and was able to attend her mother's interment. It had been postponed from the day before, following the accident.

Boise Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the incident. The driver struggled to put his car into gear when it accelerated without warning, Brad Hobson, Travis' brother, said earlier in the week.

Travis Hobson reiterated that his family does not blame the man.

"We feel for him and his wife. We're as concerned for them as anyone," he said.

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