MIDDLETON -- The 15-year-old Middleton boy who was hit by a pickup truckwhile on his way to school Friday morning died early Saturday.
Idaho State Police said Colton Mackeyfrom Middleton died around 1:30a.m.
Saturday night,the community of Middletonmourned the loss ofthe school sophomore.Fellow students and community members gathered at the high school for a candlelight vigil.Mackey was on the school'sjunior varsityfootball team.
The accident happened around 7:40 a.m. Friday near the intersection ofState Highway 44and Cemetery Road. Idaho State Police say an 89-year-oldCaldwell man was eastbound on the highway in his GMC pickup when he hitMackey. The teen was walking in or near a crosswalk.
When they arrived,deputies immediately began administering CPRto 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 pickupat thecorner of Meridian Road and Ashton Drive.
It's a problem that police and parents are very worried about.
Drivers have just really got togive 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 RoadThursday 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 becausepolice saythe 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 responsibilityand the drivers.
Both of these accidents happened around sunrise, and police say that glare in the driver's eyes may have been a factor.