Community holds vigil for Middleton teen hit and killed by truck

Community holds vigil for Middleton teen hit and killed by truck

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Community holds vigil for Middleton teen hit and killed by truck


by Justin Corr

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 1:03 AM

MIDDLETON -- The 15-year-old Middleton boy who was hit by a pickup truck while on his way to school Friday morning died early Saturday.

Idaho State Police said Colton Mackey from Middleton died around 1:30 a.m.

Saturday night, the community of Middleton mourned the loss of the school sophomore. Fellow students and community members gathered at the high school for a candlelight vigil. Mackey was on the school's junior varsity football team.

The accident happened around 7:40 a.m. Friday near the intersection of State Highway 44 and Cemetery Road. Idaho State Police say an 89-year-old Caldwell man was eastbound on the highway in his GMC pickup when he hit Mackey.  The teen was walking in or near a crosswalk.

When they arrived, deputies immediately began administering CPR to the unresponsive boy.  That lasted about five minutes and then he was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

The 89-year-old Caldwell man who hit the boy has not been cited or charged.

That accident in Middleton is the second accident in two days involving students being hit on their way to school.

On Thursday morning, two Rocky Mountain High School students were hit by a pickup at the corner of Meridian Road and Ashton Drive.

It's a problem that police and parents are very worried about.

"Drivers have just really got to give due diligence to pedestrians, and just be wary. This is state highway, there is a lot of traffic on it, there's also a lot of children that cross it," said ISP Cpl. Rocky Gripton.

"Remember, for the drivers out there, that school is in session now. Anytime you're driving around residential areas, or schools, slow down. Be cautious of the children," said Canyon County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Talbot.

Police in Meridian are stressing for drivers to be extra careful after two students were hit on Meridian Road Thursday while waiting for the bus.

Paul Larsen's daughter was at the same bus stop when the accident happened.  He says one kid took a glancing blow, while the second was hit with tremendous force.

"My daughter said he was hit so hard, he came out of his shoes. He never moved from the road, until the ambulance came," said Larsen.

Both Meridian teens were taken to Saint Alphonsus.

The driver wasn't cited because police say the kids were on Meridian Road, and not in a crosswalk.

"Meridian Road in the morning, is pretty heavily traveled. You have a lot of new drivers on the road as well.  She knows to just be alert, be cognizant of what's going on, and stay on the sidewalk," said Larsen.

Police say the safety of kids walking on or near streets is their responsibility and the drivers.  

Both of these accidents happened around sunrise, and police say that glare in the driver's eyes may have been a factor.