Boise & Garden City

Kuna man hit by car in Garden City, in critical condition

A Kuna man was injured early Tuesday when he was struck by a car on West Ustick Road near East 43rd Street at 1:56 a.m., a police dispatcher said.

Brian E. Slagel, 36, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of what Garden City police described as “significant injuries.” He was listed in serious condition Tuesday morning, but by early afternoon his condition was downgraded to critical, police said.

The driver of the car, Tristan Swim, 19, of Caldwell, was also injured. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

“This portion of Ustick is very dark at night and it would have been difficult to see Slagel, who was in the roadway at the time of the accident,” Garden City Police Chief Rick Allen said in a written release. “There are a lot of unanswered questions as to why Slagel was in that area of Ustick and in the middle of the roadway at that time of night.”

Members of the CRASH Reconstruction Team from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office spent more than three hours at the scene. Traffic on Ustick was shut down while the team worked to reconstruct the accident.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man walking on Ustick around that time or who had contact with Slagel in the 24-hour period before the incident.

Witnesses are urged to call Garden City police at 472-2950.

It was the third time this month that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in Boise and Garden City.

Joel Eggers, 64, was killed April 8 while walking along South Development Avenue in Boise. The driver of the vehicle that struck him, Tyler C. Martinez, 24, of Boise, has not been charged in the incident. He was taken into custody, however, on a probation violation after the crash. He was on probation for a 2014 felony burglary case.

Alan Poulton, 31, died April 13 after being struck as he crossed State Street near 35th Street, east of Veterans Memorial Parkway. Boise police are still investigating the crash. The driver of the vehicle, a 45-year-old man who has not been publicly identified, has not been cited.