CALDWELL, Idaho -- An elderly Caldwell woman is recovering from surgery Tuesday night at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Police say a distracted driver swerved into oncoming traffic and into the woman's living room, pinning her under his pick-up truck.
Police arrested Nick Nettleton for driving with a suspended license just before 8:30 p.m.
They say he was driving on Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell. He admitted he became distracted, and hit an SUV that was driving in the opposite lane. Two other cars which swerved to miss that collision hit each other.
"I guess it's a good indicator of how quickly something can happen when you're not paying attention to what you're doing. and the roadway here is 45 miles an hour and we don't have any reason to believe the vehicle was driving in excess of that," said Sgt. John Stauffer of the Idaho State Police.
Idaho State Police say Nettleton's pickup kept going after the crash with the SUV and drove into the living room of Faye Dunlap, 78. Dunlap was sitting on a recliner there and was injured in the crash. Relatives she was taken by air to St. Al's.
"I think she's going to be okay. It will take awhile. She's not young anymore. She's got a lot of spirit and fight so she'll come through I hope," said niece Lynne Oderkirk.
Police say four other people were injured in the accidents. They say Nettleton's two children who were in his truck, and the driver ofthe SUV and a child in that car were all taken to the hospital.