Man arrested on suspected aggravated DUI after 16-year-old Kuna girl was hit last month

Authorities arrested a 70-year-old Melba man on Wednesday for allegedly running over a 16-year-old girl who was walking a dog last month.

The teenager suffered a broken neck.

Joseph Jefferies is charged on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence, according to authorities.

The incident happened at West Avalon Street and North School Avenue in Kuna when the girl, Sunshine Bryden, was in a marked crosswalk on Sept. 2, according to her family.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr said tests showed Jefferies’ blood alcohol content was .096, exceeding the legal limit of .08. Orr said evidence also showed that Jefferies “was driving about 34 miles an hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit drops from 35 to 25 mph for eastbound traffic on Avalon just before the intersection.”

The force of the impact moved the girl about 70 feet down the street, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The dog was also injured.

“She had looked eastbound and looked westbound,” her mother, Carolyn Bryden, told the Statesman last month. “There was a car that stopped for her in the westbound lane. Since the car stopped, she started walking. Then he came through and hit her.”

Her mother said Sunshine also had to have surgery on her leg after the crash.

Jefferies’ bond was set at $20,000 on Friday and his next court appearance is set for Monday, Oct. 28.

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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.