Boise & Garden City

UPDATE: Driver in crash off Shaw Mountain Road committed suicide

A 25-year-old Meridian man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after his sport utility vehicle crashed off Shaw Mountain Road, the Ada County Coroner’s Office reported Wednesday.

The SUV rollover, discovered about 9 a.m. Wednesday, was initially reported as a fatal crash, but forensic inspection determined the man had committed suicide, the coroner reported.

It was the second morning in a row that a body found in the Foothills was determined to be a suicide. On Tuesday, a 39-year-old Boise man was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the Crestline Trail.

The man discovered dead about 9 a.m. Wednesday apparently rolled his SUV and crawled on top of it, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reported. He then shot himself in the head, the coroner’s office determined in a forensic inspection.

The Idaho Statesman generally does not identify victims of suicide.

The section of Shaw Mountain Road involved, up past where the pavement ends, was closed for a couple of hours.

Guy Johnston, who lives in the area, said drivers often take that part of the road too quickly.

“It’s a dirt road and there’s nobody here. There’s no cops. There’s nobody in most cases,” he said. “They just got to watch for the runners and bike riders and stuff.”

Other crashes, Johnson said, are caused when drivers speed up on the pavement and aren’t careful around the corners.