UPDATE: Meridian mom may have been holding on to door before she was run over

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comJuly 1, 2014 

Melinda Croghan.

No one witnessed the accident that left a 38-year-old Meridian woman with fatal injuries Friday night, according to Meridian police.

Melinda Croghan died of blunt force trauma to the chest at a local hospital. The accident was reported at 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of West Anton Street, near Meridian and Ustick roads.

Police have been working to reconstruct the accident. On Wednesday, they released more details.

Investigators now believe Croghan may have been holding onto the driver's side door, then fell off and was run over.

The driver, who is related to Croghan, has not been charged. The person's name has not been released. The driver was rendering aid to Croghan in the back of the pickup when emergency personnel arrived.

“We’re really trying to do the reconstruction,” Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said Tuesday. “We’ve got an idea of what occurred.”

Basterrechea said Croghan was walking very close to her home when she was run over by the Dodge pickup.

He said alcohol was a factor in the crash: Both the driver and Croghan had consumed alcohol. Investigators do not yet know if either were intoxicated.

Speed is not believed to have been a factor, Basterrechea said.

Croghan is survived by her husband, Patrick, and children Taylor, Stephen, Addison, Jessica, Kristine and Michael, according to an obituary in Wednesday’s paper.

A viewing is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 5525 N. Glenwood St. in Garden City. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise.

Condolences may be left for the family online at www.bowmanfuneral.com. Donations may be made at 661 S. Rivershore Lane, Suite 100, Eagle, 83616, or online at a gofundme.com account.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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