Porsche crashes into crowd at Boise car show injuring Eleven

Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 20:22:20-04

Boise Police are investigating a crash involving a car that was part of the Car And Coffee Car Show.  Just before 10:51 a.m. Saturday, police say a gray Porsche leaving a parking lot near Overland and Entertainment ran into pedestrians on the sidewalk. Eleven people were injured including at least one child.  

"I was standing over by my car with my buddy when we heard a crunch and I look over and there were bodies in the air," said Rico Alberta who witnessed the crash.  

Police say five people were transported to the hospital via ambulance and six others went to the hospitals on their own. Police say some of the injuries are serious but none of them appear to be life-threatening. 

"I look over to my left and there's a guy on the ground bleeding out of his head pretty bad. Then someone said hey there's more people over here we need help and there are like six more people,  even more, people laying on the ground," said Alberts. 

According to Boise Police, preliminary information shows the driver of the Porsche was accelerating rapidly as he left the car show, turning onto Overland Road.  Investigators say he lost control and ran into the nearby crowd.  The driver is cooperating with the investigation. They believe excessive speed is to blame. 

"Probably well over one hundred people sitting there watching this exposition of speed. I have no doubt that the driver did not intend to do what he did. But that is an unfortunate consequence of reckless driving," said Lieutenant Charles LeBar, Watch commander for the Boise Police Department. 

At this time the driver isn't facing any charges. Police say once they finish their Investigation they will be forwarding the case to the prosecutor's office. 

Overland Road was closed as officers investigate but had since reopened. Boise Fire and Ada County Paramedics also responded to the crash.