Boise police charge ValleyRide bus driver in Jan. 6 Downtown crash

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJanuary 15, 2014 

Boise Police have charged the driver of a ValleyRide bus with negligent driving after a crash downtown that caused a 100-yard-long stretch of damage.

The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6 on S. 13th Street between Grove and Main streets.

The bus veered off the street, ran over and sheered off five trees, two light poles and an ACHD sign before hitting the Idaho Power building and coming to a stop. Nine people, including the driver, were on board the bus at the time of the crash. No one was seriously injured.

Investigating officers say there's evidence the driver, 59-year-old Fatangia Moala from Boise, was driving drowsy and appeared to have his eyes closed just prior to the crash.

The misdemeanor charge carries a possible maximum penalty of a $300 fine and up to six months in jail.

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