UPDATE: Two Bad Accidents: One Boise Fatality, Boise Police Officer Asleep at the Wheel 

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UPDATE: Dec. 11, 2015 11 a.m.

The Ada County Coroner's Office has confirmed that it was 48-year-old Gary Pietrok of Middleton who was killed Thursday evening in a one vehicle crash on Warm Springs Avenue, near Starcrest Drive, in Boise. According to the coroner, Pietrok died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma from the crash. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.


ORIGINAL POST: Dec. 11, 2015 9 a.m.

Boise police kept a stretch of Warm Springs Avenue and the nearby Greenbelt closed through the night while they continued their investigation into a fatal accident that killed a male driver.

BPD was summoned to Warm Springs near Starcrest Drive just after 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. That's where witnesses said a sport utility vehicle went over the embankment on the side of the road. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle. The man, still unidentified as of Friday morning, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said it appeared the driver had lost control of the vehicle and rolled over the embankment, ejecting him.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation from the Ada County Sheriff's Office has determined a Boise police officer was either drowsy or fell asleep behind the wheel of a police vehicle when he crossed over the center line of Fairview Avenue and hit a passenger car.  

The collision occurred in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20, when BPD Officer Richard Burch, 47, crashed his police car into Michael Blanchard, 28, of Boise, while he was driving on Fairveiw near Milwaukee Street. The police car also jumped the curb, slammed into a fire hydrant and spun in the opposite direction before coming to a stop. Blanchard was uninjured in the crash.

On Dec. 10, the ACSO released its report indicating Burch had fallen asleep or was fatigued just before the wreck. No alcohol or drugs were involved, according to the report. The results of the report have been forwarded to the Ada County prosecutor for review.

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