Defense: Hit-and-run suspect panicked

Alex Thackery pulled over and called police — a mile and a half later.

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 18, 2013 

CORRECTION: Thackery pulled over about a mile and a half from the crash scene, police say. A previous version of the story did not specify how far away he stopped.

A Boise State freshman accused of leaving a cyclist unconscious on the sidewalk after striking her with his car Thursday was arraigned in court Friday.

Alex Cole Thackery, 18, is charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death. If convicted, he could spend up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors asked Judge John Hawley Jr. to set Thackery’s bond at $30,000. They said Thackery told police that he knew he had hit the cyclist, and that she was injured.

The woman, who has not been identified, was knocked unconscious in the crash at 8th and Myrtle Streets. She suffered a laceration to her head and a wrist injury.

But a defense attorney for Thackery painted a different picture. The Mountain View High School graduate fled in a moment of panic, but pulled over and ran back towards the scene, his attorney said.

Police said Thackery drove to South Straughan Avenue, about a mile and a half away, before parking and calling police dispatchers, telling them he had struck the woman. He was headed towards the crash site on foot when he was taken into custody about two blocks from the crash.

Boise police spokesman Charles McClure did not know how much time passed between the crash and Thackery calling dispatch.

But Thackery is no threat to the community, his attorney said, pointing to the suspect’s young age and lack of serious criminal history. She asked Hawley to release Thackery without bond, or set a very low bond.

Hawley set bond at $10,000, and scheduled Thackery’s next hearing for 8:30 a.m. Nov 8.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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