Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Auto plows into crowd at Boise Spectrum, at least 11 injured

Auto plows into crowd at Boise Spectrum, at least 11 injured

It happened at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday during two events at the complex, Cars and Coffee and Rock'N Brews & BBQ.

The Boise Police Department says preliminary information indicates the driver accelerated rapidly and lost control while leaving the event, crashing into several pedestrians on the sidewalk.

Eyewitness video of the incident showed the Porsche spinning sideways before striking pedestrians. "My husband saw people all over the ground". The victims sustained serious but not critical injuries, said Boise Police Lt. Charles LeBar, according to the Idaho Statesman. Authorities with the city's police and fire departments responded to the scene along with Ada County Paramedics.

Tom Weekes, a Boise resident, told the Associated Press he attended the event with his 12-year-old son. He lost control and drove into the crowd. "There was a group of kids to the right of us and he hit every one of them".

Six individuals were transported to the doctor's facility by rescue vehicle, and five went in private vehicles. "You could hear the screaming", he told the AP.

Steve Vatcher described seeing "one body after another going flying up in the air, and shoes flying everywhere, and cellphones".

Also, the investigation is ongoing, but preliminary information shows that the driver of a Porsche Spyder was accelerating rapidly as he left the vehicle show from Entertainment onto eastbound Overland Road, lost control, and went onto the curb and into the crowd on a grassy area.

Police weren't aware of the auto show until calls about the crash came in, he said.

Investigators are waiting to determine the severity of the injuries before they forward their investigation to the prosecutors' office, Williams, the police spokeswoman, said.

"People like to show off when they leave these events", he said.

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