Father of Kuna crash victim: No 'feelings of hatred or anger'

Speaking Friday morning, Rob Cook says he hopes the other injured children make full recoveries.

December 6, 2013 


  • Do you have a student who attends school in Kuna?

    Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson advises parents whose child or family needs assistance following Thursday's crash to contact your school. Counselors and social workers are available to help teachers, families and students, as are resources from nearby school districts and the Ada County Sheriff's Office.

    Johnson also suggests students write letters of support to their injured peers and to the family of Daniel Cook, who died at the scene. Letters can be delivered to your school office.

    Finally, Boise counselor Kristin Wright posted advice on talking to your child about the accident. Her post can be found at boisecounseling.blogspot.com.

Speaking Friday morning with Statesman media partner KIVI-Channel 6, Rob Cook - the father of the boy who died in Thursday's bus crash - offered his "eternal gratitude" to Charles Derby, the driver of the dump truck that hit the bus. Police say Derby immediately boarded the bus and tried to save 11-year-old Daniel Cook.

"It's tough for everybody that was involved in this, from all aspects," Rob Cook told KIVI reporter Nicole Pineda. "But we don't harbor any feelings of hatred or anger toward any one person, because ... everybody that was involved in this has a lot of emotional baggage to deal with right now."

Idaho State Police are still working out the circumstances of Thursday's crash at the intersection of Deer Flat and Happy Valley roads, west of Kuna. Canyon County dispatchers were called about the accident at 7:52 a.m. State police were on scene six minutes later, spokeswoman Teresa Baker said.

Baker said the injuries in the crash are believed to have come from the impact of Derby's dump truck into the right rear side of the bus, driven by Debra Boatwright. Accident reconstructionists are still working on just how the two vehicles ended up colliding in the intersection; it could take three to four weeks for them to finish their work, Baker said.

Charles Derby owns a company called "Blue Rock Operations," with offices at 8295 S. Happy Valley Road - also his residence. The company was registered with the Idaho Secretary of State's Office on May 28, 2013.

"We believe he was coming from his house and going to some jobs he had lined up," Baker said. 

Messages left for Derby and Boatwright were not immediately returned Friday. Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson was out of the district office and could not be reached immediately for comment.

Watch KIVI's interview with Rob Cook:

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