Boise & Garden City

Teens struck in crosswalk: Mother proud of her ‘tough kids’

Zack and Andrew Nicholson
Zack and Andrew Nicholson Provided by Reya Nicholson

An accident involving two teenage boys walking to school could have been much worse if the older brother hadn’t acted to protect his sibling, said their mother, Reya Nicholson.

The brothers, Zack and Andrew, ages 15 and 13 respectively, were struck by an SUV while on a crosswalk at the intersection of Vista Avenue and Targee Street Wednesday morning. The 24-year-old driver reportedly had ice on her windshield blocking her view; Boise police cited her for failing to yield to a pedestrian and fined $90.

As the car struck them, Zack made an effort to push Andrew out of the way. That little shove kept the incident from becoming tragic, Reya said.

“If Andrew had gotten hit the way Zack did, it probably would have been a lot worse,” she said.

Zack, who is taller, got bruised and scuffed in the back and shoulder, but Andrew would have likely been struck in the head, she said. Instead he just got clipped on his hip.

Zack then rushed home to call 911 and tell his mother what happened.

“My boys had just left for school. I was getting ready for work” when Zack rushed back into the house to pick up the phone, Reya said.

She asked him if he forgot something.

“He said, ‘No, me and Andy were just hit by a car,’” Reya said.

She bolted to Andrew, still at the scene of the accident. Andrew was sent to the hospital, but both boys made it out of the incident without serious injuries or broken bones.

Reya said the driver sent flowers to Andrew while he was in the hospital.

“I know she feels horrible for what happened, but I’m still momma bear. (I’m) still really angry about it,” she said.

Both boys were ready to go back to school Friday after a couple of days off, she said.

“They keep joking they’re made of steel,” Reya said. “I'm just really glad that I have them both still. It could have been a lot worse. They definitely have an angel on their shoulder.”

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner