Boise man gets a year in jail for leaving severely injured woman after scooter crash

May 2, 2014 

Thomas MacFarlane

Thomas MacFarlane, 22, must spend a year in the Ada County jail, then 20 years of probation for leaving the scene after he crashed his scooter last July, leaving a seriously injured woman in a nearby yard, a 4th District judge ruled Friday.

Judge Patrick Owen first sentenced McFarlane to five to 20 years in prison for felony leaving the scene of an accident, then suspended that sentence and imposed a year in county jail and a long probation, KBOI, Channel 2 reports.

MacFarlane will be eligible for work release after six months in jail so he can earn money to pay restitution, according to reports.

Victim Mirike Bideganeta, 30, suffered a serious head injury and spent time in a coma after the July 7 crash at Garfield and Manitou streets. MacFarlane was charged with a penalty enhancement because of the severity of her injuries.

"Every day I fight for some sense of normalcy," she said in court, Channel 2 reports. "Every day is hard."

MacFarlane called himself a “broken man ... broken for decisions I made and the consequences of those decisions on other people."

MacFarlane, who has admitted drinking alcohol before he took Bideganeta for a ride on the back of his scooter, allegedly dragged or carried her a block and a half away from the crash and left her in the driveway of a residence. A man who came out to walk his dog found Bideganeta several hours later and called for help.

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