Collision with SUV in Boise sends motorcyclist to hospital

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comMarch 24, 2014 

A motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was struck by an SUV in an intersection, according to Boise police. Marsha Jones, a 56-year-old Boise woman, was cited for misdemeanor inattentive driving.

The collision occurred just after 11 a.m. in the intersection of 15th and River streets.

The motorcyclist turned west onto River Street from northbound 15th Street, police said. Shortly after that, the SUV that was traveling west on River Street failed to stop for a red light.

An officer at the scene said six witnesses in vehicles and on the street saw the woman using her phone — five said she was talking, and one said she was texting.

The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, flew up in the air "like a rag doll," witnesses told police. The motorcycle became stuck under the SUV and was dragged until the vehicle was stopped.

The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police.

Westbound River Street was blocked during the investigation and cleanup.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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