BOISE -- Ada County sheriff’s deputies say a 17-year-old driver is responsible for a two-vehicle crash on Highway 16 on Thursday morning that sent an area man to the hospital and endangered two small children.
Deputies say the 17-year-old driver, along with his 16-year-old passenger, was trying to make a turn onto Highway 16 around 8 a.m., but ended up driving his pickup truck in front of a Ford Escape driven by a 64-year-old Emmett man with two children inside. Star Police, Eagle Police, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit, paramedics and fire crews responded to the crash scene.
Highway 16 was shut down in both directions while emergency crews responded.
Authorities say the driver of the Ford Escape had to be extricated from his vehicle, and was transported to a local hospital by Ada County paramedics for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities say a 5-year-old child was also transported for evaluation of minor injuries. The youngest passenger was not injured. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck were no hurt.
Deputies say the resulting investigation shows that the teen driver did not check the northbound lanes for oncoming traffic as he attempted to turn east from Highway 16 onto Floating Feather Road.
Deputies say he was issued a citation for failure to yield.
Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt or properly restrained in a child safety seat.