A Meridian teen, charged in connection with an October 2013 accident that sent a female bicyclist to the hospital, was acquitted by an Ada County Jury, dismissing a felony charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident.
The jury found 19-year-old Alex Thackery not guilty October 1, 2014 after Thackery's attorney successfully argued that her client had initially panicked but returned to the scene of the accident 45 minutes later and called 911 to report the incident. The jury of eight men and four women deliberated nearly two hours before acquitting Thackery.
The victim suffered injuries to her head, tailbone, wrist and ankle.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. October 17, 2013
A Meridian man has been charged with a felony in connection with an early morning hit and run collision which sent a female bicyclist to the hospital.
At approximately 7:11 a.m., Boise Police responded to the report of a vehicle/bicycle collision that occurred at the intersection of South Eighth and West Myrtle streets. That's where witnesses told police an adult female bicycle rider was traveling north on Eighth Street, crossing the intersection, when a car traveling east on West Myrtle crashed into the bike. According to the witnesses, the vehicle entered the intersection against a red light.
The bike rider was rushed to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet.
According to witnesses, the driver of the car did not stop after the crash.
Law enforcement said they have evidence that indicates the suspect stopped and parked the car at a parking lot at East Warm Springs Avenue and South Staughn Avenue, and then walked back toward the scene of the collision. The suspect reportedly called 911 and told dispatch his location. Officers located the suspect on foot at South Sixth and West Myrtle streets.
18-year-old Alexander Thackery of Meridian was taken into custody and charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an injury accident and running a red light.
ORIGINAL POST: 9 a.m. October 17, 2013
Boise residents woke up this morning to the news of yet another vehicle/bicycle accident, the third in less than a month.
Boise Police were called to the intersection of South Eighth and West Myrtle streets at approximately 7:10 a.m. That's where witnesses told police an adult female bicycle rider, traveling north on Eighth Street was crossing the intersection when a car traveling east on Myrtle struck the bicycle in the intersection. According to witnesses, the car did not stop after the crash.
The cyclist was rushed to a local hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said that they were looking for a dark colored Honda Element or box-like SUV.