Boise Man Who Admitted to 2013 Crash that Killed Cyclist, Arrested for DUI 

A Boise man, who pleaded guilty to careless driving in connection with a 2013 crash that killed a bicyclist, has been arrested again by Boise Police, this time for DUI.

click to enlarge 'Ghost bike" memorializes Victor Haskell - PATRICK SWEENEY
  • Patrick Sweeney
  • 'Ghost bike" memorializes Victor Haskell
t was the predawn hours of Sept. 26, 2013, when commuters spotted the body of 53-year-old Victor Haskell, lying on State Street near North 30th Street. He was the victim of a hit-and-run. The incident triggered a series of memorials and rides-in-silence from the Boise cyclist community. Additionally, a so-called "ghost bike" was placed near the scene of where Haskell had died, with an attached sign that read, "Rest in Peace, Victor Haskell. Watch 4 Cyclists."

Initially, prosecutors said a suspect, identified as 
click to enlarge - Gavin Haley in 2013 -  - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Gavin Haley in 2013
Gavin Haley, had admitted to drinking before the wreck, but he Haley also insisted that he did not realize he had struck the cyclist with his car. Haley's first trial, where he was charged with vehicular manslaughter, ended in 2015 with a hung jury. Prosecutors re-filed a manslaughter charge against Haley, and he ultimately agreed to plea to a lesser charge of inattentive or careless driving, a misdemeanor. In August 2016, Haley was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 65 days suspended and two years of probation.

And now, Haley is facing a new charge. In the early morning hours of June 30, a Boise Police officer saw a motorcyclist fall from his bike while stopped at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and University Drive. Police said the motorcyclist got back on his bike, but when he sped off, he failed to maintain his lane of traffic several times. Following a traffic stop, police said they detected a strong odor of intoxication coming from the motorcyclist as he spoke. Additionally, he blew breath alcohol concentration tests of .202/.204 and .204/.207. The legal limit in Idaho is .08.

The suspect, identified as Gavin Haley, now 35-years-old, was booked into the Ada County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence, excessive. He has since been released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty in a July 3 arraignment and is now scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference at the Ada County Courthouse on Thursday, Aug. 2. That same day, he'll also face a charge of probation violation in a separate court appearance. 
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