BOISE -- A deadly car accident that killed one man and injured a Payette County sheriff s deputy is causing mixed reaction in the community. The victim's family says the deputy is at fault, while the mother of the deputy is defending her son s actions.
That accident happened Tuesday night on Highway 30 just west of New Plymouth. Idaho State Police say Deputy Scott Sloan was on his way to an emergency call of an intruder in a home with his lights and sirens on when the collision happened.
KTVB received an email from someone saying they are Deputy Sloan's mother around 10 p.m. Wednesday. She expresses frustration that her son's actions have been questioned by some people.
This is what Idaho State Police say happened. Deputy Sloan hit the driver's side of 65-year-old Barry Johnson's Jeep as he was turning into his driveway. Johnson died on scene, and a preliminary report from ISP says alcohol may have been a factor.
Wednesday afternoon we spoke to Johnson's daughter who calls Sloan's actions negligent.
My dad died on impact and his Jeep was pushed, I don't know how many feet, and my dad bled to death. He was already dead, but he bled over there. All because of the negligence of this officer, said Jackie Raymond, the victim s daughter.
The email received last night from someone claiming to be the deputy's mother says in part...
My son was doing his job in responding to an emergency call to protect the citizens of Payette Co. When a vehicle does not clear the way for emergency vehicles and allow them the right-of-way they, the drivers of the private vehicles, are clearly at fault, whether alcohol was involved or not.
We spoke to another sheriff's office about the rules of the road for officers when it comes to responding to emergency calls. They tell us there are no speed limits set; it's a judgment call depending on conditions.
ISP says it may be a few weeks before the investigation in this case is complete.