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Police identify driver in fatal Orchard Street crash, say investigation is ongoing

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The Boise Police Department and the Ada County Coroner’s Office both confirmed Wednesday that a 3-year-old girl died Monday night after a two-vehicle crash on the Boise Bench last week — information a family friend had provided the Statesman on Tuesday.

BPD also identified the driver of the SUV involved in the crash as Anna Mihelich, 53, of Boise. Mihelich was taken to a hospital and later released, according to police.

Crystal Martinez Chavez, of Nampa, and her three children were in a van that was in the collision on Orchard near Diamond just after midnight on July 2, according to Patsy Calero, a friend of the family in the van. The SUV was traveling southbound on Orchard while the van was northbound, according to BPD.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police are waiting on toxicology reports, according to Boise Police Department spokeswoman Haley Williams. No charges have been filed and no further information has been released.

All four people in Chavez’s van, including 3-year-old Odalys Martinez Chavez, were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Calero provided the identities of Odalys and her mother to the Statesman.

Crystal Martinez Chavez is 34. The front-seat passenger was a 16-year-old male and the two back-seat passengers were Odalys and an 8-year-old girl. The Statesman has been unable to obtain the other family members’ medical status.

Family members and friends of Odalys are hosting a silent auction and raffle Sunday at the Community Council of Idaho to raise money for funeral expenses.

For more information about the fundraiser or to donate, contact Calero at (208) 695-6603.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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