BOISE -- An 18-year-old Boise State student, who police say struck a woman on her bike and left her lying on the ground unconscious, had his first court appearance in an Ada County courtroom, Friday.
Alexander Thackery is facing a leaving the scene of an accident charge, which is a felony.
Police say the hit-and-run happened around 7:11 a.m. Thursday on South 8th Street and West Myrtle Street. Witnesses said a female bicyclist was riding north on 8th Street when she was hit in the intersection by a sport utility vehicle headed east on Myrtle Street. The driver of the SUV, Thackery, failed to stop for a red light and fled the scene after the crash
Witnesses were able to give police a description of the suspect's vehicle, a 2003 Honda Element.
The bicyclist was taken to the hospital in an ambulance where her injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
In court Friday while determining his bail, Thackery’s lawyers told the judge how the 18-year-old was a Mountain View graduate who placed at the state high school championship for wrestling. He also earned good grades, a 3.5 GPA and he now attending BSU.
However prosecutors reminded the judge that this crime comes with a stiff penalty for reason, one that didn’t always used to be that way.
"It used to be a misdemeanor probably 20 years ago and our office was actually instrumental in developing a statute to make it a felony so the penalties would be more of a deterrent," said Jan Bennetts with the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
Officers said Thackery parked at a parking lot at East Warm Springs Avenue and South Straughn Avenue, then walked back toward the scene of the crash.
He then called 911 and told dispatchers of his location about two blocks from the crash scene.
Thackery was interviewed by police and arrested. In addition to the leaving the scene of an injury accident charge, he is also being charged with running a red light. .
"The faster we get medical attention to these folks that have been hit the better off they are going to be and certainly the person to do that is the one that hurt them," said Bennetts.
The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, but police say she did have lights on the front and back of her bike.
Thackery was give a $10,000 bail, and will appear back in court again on November 8.