Meridian man pleads guilty to hit and run

Credit: Ada County Jail

John French

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by KTVB

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Posted on October 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 4:48 PM

BOISE -- A Meridian man has pleaded guilty to two felony charges related to a hit-and-run accident in Garden City this summer.

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jonathan Medema says John Taylor French, 20, entered the guilty pleas in 4th District Court Wednesday. He was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident, felony destruction of evidence, and reckless driving - a misdemeanor. There was no plea bargain with prosecutors.

Garden City Police say French ran a red light on Aug. 24 in his 1995 Toyota 4Runner and hit Alan Beavers, who was crossing Chinden Boulevard at Garrett Street. Witnesses told the Beaver family it looked liked the SUV was going 50 to 60 miles per hour when Alan was hit.

French fled the scene after the accident.

Detectives seized French's vehicle and say the found evidence connecting it to the collision.

Beavers remains hospitalized recovering from severe brain trauma and other injuries.

His family updates his condition on a Facebook page called "Pray for Alan Beavers." In the last few days the reports have been increasingly encouraging. His mom, Anita Beavers, told KTVB Thursday that they are seeing glimpses that Alan is coming back to them.

"We always pray that God would show us a miracle and he always comes through," said Anita Beavers. "Alan will now give us a thumbs up, throw things when we ask him to. He can follow simple commands. He's more awake now. This is a marathon and we're going to be here every step of the way with him."

Sentencing for French is set for 9 a.m. on Dec 13 before Judge Patrick Owen.

Medema says the felony charges are each punishable by up to 5 years in prison, while the misdemeanor charge carries a maximum of six months.

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