An 18-year-old Meridian man has been arrested on a felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident after Boise police say he ran a red light and hit a cyclist early Thursday morning.
Thursday's incident took place a little after 7 a.m. at 8th and Myrtle streets in Downtown Boise.
Witnesses told police the female bicyclist was riding north on 8th Street and crossing the Myrtle intersection when a driver heading east on Myrtle ran a red light and struck the bicyclist. Police said the bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. She was not wearing a helmet, police said.
According to witnesses, the driver of the car, Alexander C. Thackery, did not stop after the crash.
Police say they have evidence indicating Thackery eventually stopped and parked his car at a parking lot at East Warm Springs Avenue and South Straughn Avenue, then walked back toward the accident scene a couple blocks away. Thackery then called 911 and told dispatch his location, police said.
Officers subsequently arrested him on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and running a red light.
By 8 a.m., the only evidence of the crash was a bicycle with a flashing headlight and a slightly damaged back end propped up against a nearby building, and a small amount of blood on the sidewalk. A police officer removed the bike before reopening the far right lane of Myrtle Street.
Two recent hit-and-run crashes in Boise resulted in the deaths of a pedestrian and a cyclist, and a third crash killed another cyclist.
Wiley A. Padden, 28, was struck by a pickup truck as he walked across State Street east of Collister at about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 4. The driver of the pickup, Adam Drew Weinert, 24, fled the scene before eventually turning himself in. He has been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death.
Victor Haskell, 53, was killed Sept. 26 while riding his bike along State Street. He was found hours after the incident and later died at the hospital. Police released a description of the vehicle suspected of being involved in the crash. Gavin Bradford Haley, 31, turned himself in the following evening.
Last week, 56-year-old resident James Kelly died after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bike at Federal Way and the Broadway Avenue offramp.