Jeep crashes into vacant house in downtown Boise

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 16, 2013 

— A house at Myrtle and 4th Streets was damaged when a Jeep crashed into it Wednesday morning.

A Boise police officer at the scene said the driver of the Jeep somehow lost control while driving east on Myrtle Street. The driver, a 39-year-old man from Meridian, veered off the road, hitting a sign and a stoplight before overcorrecting. He then collided with the back of another car before smashing through the front of the house.

The other vehicle was totaled in the crash, the officer said.

Russ Plank, a maintenance tech for the property management company that owns the building, said no one is living in the house. Utilities to the house had been shut off just days before the wreck.

Plank said the company was contacting its insurance company and hadn’t yet decided what to do with the structure.

But Plank said the house, which was left with a large hole into the interior, would likely be torn down.

Although there had been talks of preserving the building due to its historical significance, he said that the damage to the house could scuttle those plans.

Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said the Jeep’s driver was taken to the hospital, but the officer on scene said he did not appear to be seriously injured. The driver of the other car was not hurt.

Boise Police Department is continuing to investigate the wreck.

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