Car Show organizers release statement following Saturday's crash

Posted at 1:48 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 15:48:31-04

Organizers of last weekend’s Cars and Coffee event in Boise released a statement via social media Monday, after a driver slammed into a crowd of people along Overland Road Saturday.

Police say eleven people were injured, some with serious -- but non-life-threatening -- injuries. 

The entire statement reads: “We want to express how deeply saddened we are over the incident that occurred Saturday. We have been monitoring reports of the victims and send our sincerest hopes for a fast and full recovery.

“We do not, nor have we ever condoned or tolerated unlawful exhibitions of speed at or around the event.

“Thank you for your support over the past few years. Please join us in providing prayers and well wishes to all those affected. (Signed) Boise Cars and Coffee Staff”

Video taken at the time of the incident shows the driver of a gray Porsche evidently losing control and crashing into the crowd.

Erick Mejia took the video as he watched cars do burnouts and motorcyclists do “wheelies” as they left the event. But when chaos broke out, Erick says he froze. “I couldn't believe what was going on, my heart started beating. I was just standing right here. I just couldn't move. I was just frozen,” he said.

Some spectators who came to the event say more needs to be done to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. 

"I think it should be done in a track or those no people around because anything is possible, anything can happen," said Jose Avila who came to the car show.

Cars and Coffee shows are held all over the world; however, it is unclear if was a sanctioned event. 

"The whole point of these meets is just come out and have fun and relax -- and this sort of stuff changes everything," said Avila.

Police say the driver cooperated with investigators. 

Officers say, once they finish their investigation, they will forward their findings and report to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office for possible charges.