Bicyclist Eric Siegrist, 25, remained in critical condition at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Wednesday, three days after a passerby found him severely injured and unconscious in the street near 8th and Franklin.
He has not regained consciousness but is responding to stimuli, said his longtime girlfriend, Janelle Foster.
“It was not until after 5-plus hours of surgery and 24 hours in the ICU that we were told he would recover,” Foster said, “but to what extent they cannot tell us.”
The man whose car hit Siegrist around 3 a.m. Sunday left the scene of the crash but returned an estimated 20 minutes later, Boise police said. He told police he was heading down 8th when the bicycle entered the road from the alley between Washington and Franklin.
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The driver, who has not been identified, is expected to be charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. A police spokeswoman said Wednesday no official charging decision will be made until after a crash-scene reconstruction is complete and the results are forwarded to Ada County prosecutors.
No witnesses to the crash have reportedly come forward, Foster said. Siegrist’s family is grateful for whoever found him and called 911, she said, and would like to thank them in person.
Siegrist is a tile and stone contractor who owns the business Elegant Customs and has lived in Boise most of his life, said Foster. She began dating him eight years ago when they were in high school.
At the time of the crash, she said, Siegrist was headed home after an evening out with friends. He was not wearing a helmet, she said, adding that she is unsure whether he had a light on the bicycle.