Meridian police believe alcohol was a factor in an early Sunday crash in Meridian that killed one driver and injured another, according to a Meridian Police Department press release.
Courtni Verity, 23, faces a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter after she allegedly rear-ended another driver, causing his vehicle to spin out. Police said they believe Verity may have been under the influence of alcohol. A blood draw was performed to determine whether alcohol was present in her system.
According to police, Verity was driving northbound in a 2005 Toyota Avalon on Ten Mile Road around 1:45 a.m. Sunday when she rear-ended a 2004 Ford Mustang driven by 36-year-old Herbert Douglas Moran, of Meridian. The Mustang then crashed into a guard rail and spun around, ejecting the driver from the vehicle.
Moran was lying on a walking path near the canal at West Neils Drive when first responders arrived. Passersby were attempting to administer aid, but Moran was pronounced dead at the scene. Verity was found nearby sitting on the bank of the canal. Her car was upright in the canal, police said.
The Ada County Coroner’s Office ruled Moran’s cause of death blunt force trauma due to the accident. As of Monday afternoon, Verity remained in jail.
Officials said they don’t believe either driver wore a seat belt at the time of the crash. The incident is still under investigation.