The Boise City Attorney’s Office has not yet determined whether a dog owner will be cited for allegedly violating the city’s leash law Feb. 5, when a motorcyclist died after colliding with the dog and hitting the back of a parked vehicle.
Mathew T. Bacon, 29, who was engaged to be married and expecting his first child, died at the scene of the crash on Camas Street, west of Cole Road.
Rick Bogue’s 4-year-old Rottweiler died in its owner’s lap as a neighbor tried to rush them to a veterinary hospital. The dog was not on a leash when it was struck, but Bogue said he was holding the dog’s collar — trying to pull it to the curb — when it was hit by the motorcycle.
After the fatal crash, neighbors called the police department to report that they had previously seen the dog off-leash on neighborhood streets.
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Under section 13-03-06 of city code, an off-leash violation is an infraction. It carries a fine of $25, not including court costs and fees.
The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. Police say Bacon was driving a 1997 Suzuki GSXR750 west on Camas. He collided with the dog, lost control, traveled about 100 yards and slammed into a parked Toyota pickup near the corner of Wild Phlox Way.
Multiple officers responded to the scene. Initially, they weren’t sure whether the two collisions were related. An officer who spoke with Bogue provided him with a blanket to transport the dog to the hospital. Bogue returned to the scene to talk to officers immediately after the dog died.
The Idaho Transportation Department report on the crash lists alcohol and drug impairment as contributing circumstances. Toxicology tests showed that Bacon’s blood alcohol content was .16, double the legal limit. He also tested positive for drugs, including methamphetamine, according to a police report.
Bogue was the only eyewitness to the crash. But several people who heard the motorcycle told police that it sounded as though it was moving at a high rate of speed. The speed limit in the neighborhood is 20 mph.
Police reconstructionists determined that the motorcycle was traveling at about 46 mph when it struck the back of the pickup truck, according to a police report. The impact moved the pickup nearly 25 feet.
A police investigator who examined Bogue’s motorcycle said the vehicle’s braking ability might have been reduced due to grease leaking from a hub seal on the front wheel. He said the grease saturated one of the rotors and brake calipers.