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Driver pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter in death of Boise pedestrian

Darrell Jackson
Darrell Jackson

A 58-year-old Boise man with a substantial criminal history has pleaded guilty to striking and killing a woman as she walked on a city sidewalk last fall, according to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office.

Darrell Jackson was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony persistent violator in the death of 33-year-old Menite Milien. He tested positive for drugs, but the crash report did not specify what type.

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Menite Milien died from injuries she suffered after she was struck by a pickup that drove onto a Boise sidewalk Oct. 1, 2017. This is a screenshot of Menite's Facebook page. Facebook

Jackson pleaded guilty to both of those charges, and he will be sentenced at 3 p.m. Aug. 15 by Judge Richard Greenwood.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Tessie Buttram said prosecutors will ask the judge to impose a sentence of 30 years in prison, including 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

Under Idaho law, a person is considered a persistent violator of the law if convicted of a third felony. The habitual offender statue requires a sentence of no less than five years in prison and up to life in prison. Jackson's prior convictions were for burglary and possession of a controlled substance, Buttram said.

The crash involving Milien was reported at at 6:47 p.m. Oct. 1., 2017, near South Maple Grove Road and West Brookview Court, police said.

Jackson was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger south on Maple Grove when he drove onto the sidewalk, the crash report says. Milien was walking south on the sidewalk.

After hitting Milien, the truck continued and hit a light pole before coming to rest on the road. The impact sheared off the pole at the base. Jackson was taken to a hospital with minor injures.

Jackson was arrested and charged two months after the crash.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413