86-year-old who drove into funeral crowd could face charges

October 23, 2013 

— An 86-year-old man who accidentally plowed his car into a group of mourners leaving a funeral could face criminal charges.

The Oct. 7 crash sent nine people to the hospital, including a 5-year-old boy whose legs were broken when he was run over. The driver had attended the funeral and was parked outside the LDS church at West McMillan Road and Shamrock Avenue when the car accelerated suddenly, jumping over the curb and into the crowd.

The man, whose name has not been released, was not cited in the crash, Boise Police Department spokesman Charles McClure said. But police are forwarding information about the crash to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors will review the information and decide whether to file charges against the driver. The man’s wife, a passenger in the vehicle when the crash happened, was among the injured.

He is described as a longtime friend of June Hobson, the woman for whom the funeral was being held. Hobson’s son, Brad Hobson, previously told the Statesman that the driver was “devastated” by the crash.

Travis Hobson, another of June’s sons, said the family did not blame the man for what had happened.

“We still love him,” Travis Hobson said. “We wish no ill will on the poor man.”

Deputy Prosecutor Roger Bourne could not comment Wednesday on any possible charges because his office had not yet received the files on the case from police.

All of the people injured in the crash have been released from local hospitals.

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