MERIDIAN — Idaho State Police investigators have released the identity of a man they say is a suspect in a string of hit-and-run crashes in Meridian Tuesday -– which resulted in a multi-vehicle, multi-injury crash in west Boise.
ISPO spokesman Tim Marsano said Daniel Edison, 20, with a last known address in Nampa, was taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise with multiple injuries.
Being hospitalized, he was unable to be booked into the Ada County Jail. “However, our troopers cited him for driving under the influence. Additional charges are pending,” Marsano said.
The series of crashes began shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday when authorities first received a report of a hit-and-run collision near Interstate 84 and Linder Road, west of Meridian.
Police said the driver of the suspect vehicle –- a blue Hyundai Tiburon -- then crashed into a van at the Meridian Road exit.
According to Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea, the driver then “proceeded north on Meridian Road and ended up going eastbound on Franklin Road, hitting two (additional) vehicles at Franklin and Eagle Roads. (The driver then) continued eastbound and ended up going north on Cole Road ...” reportedly causing a serious, five-vehicle accident at Cole Road and Emerald Street.
Both the male driver and a female passenger in the Tiburon were extricated from the vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital.
The extent of their injuries has not yet been released.
Sections of Cole Road were shut down several hours, while police cleared away the heavily-damaged vehicles and conducted an on-scene investigation.
Although a number of law enforcement agencies were involved in the multi-jurisdictional investigation –- including the Boise Police Department, the Meridian Police Department, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police -– ISP is now the lead agency and is conducting an overall investigation, Marsano said.