Boise man faces misdemeanor manslaughter charges for 2014 crash

Boone Hallmark
Boone Hallmark

A 31-year-old Boise man who fell asleep at the wheel and ended up in the Lochsa River two years ago was arrested late Sunday on misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges in connection with the deaths of a woman and toddler who were in his car.

Boone Hallmark was booked into the Ada County Jail on a warrant out of Idaho County, and he was later released on $2,000 bond. The vehicular manslaughter charges are both misdemeanors.

According to Idaho State Police, Hallmark was driving on U.S. Highway 12 near Kooskia about 3 a.m. July 2, 2014, when his PT Cruiser went off the edge of the highway and plunged into river.

Passengers Talia Rushing, 22, and 2-year-old Layton Hallmark died, and their bodies were recovered from the submerged car days later. ISP reports at the time indicated Hallmark was swept out of the car by the swift-flowing river after he unfastened his seat belt. He was treated at a local hospital.

Online court records show a summons was issued on the vehicular manslaughter charges on June 30, 2015, and a warrant was issued Aug. 5, 2015. Hallmark was arrested on that warrant Sunday, but no court date has been set yet.