GARDEN CITY — Police believe high speeds played a role in a crash that killed a 28-year-old Nampa man Sunday in Garden City.
Garden City Police officers responded at 3:50 p.m. Sunday to the area of Glenwood Street and Chinden Boulevard to find a Gold 2000 Ford Ranger lying upside down on its roof in the parking lot of Recycle Boise Inc., according to a news release from the police department.
Police say the driver, identified by Ada County Coroner’s Office as Timothy S. Jenkins, was extricated by Ada County Paramedics and Boise Fire. Jenkins later died at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. His cause of death was found to be blunt force trauma due to a vehicle collision, according to the coroner’s office.
Police say evidence indicated the truck was driving at a “very high rate of speed” when Jenkins lost control and left the roadway. The truck hit a commercial business sign and an unoccupied truck in the parking lot of Recycle Boise and flipped onto its roof before coming to a stop.
Garden City Police and the Ada County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team are reconstructing the crash. Officers have found evidence that alcohol may have been a contributing factor, according to the news release. Toxicology reports are pending, the coroner’s office stated, and can take several weeks to return.
“This is a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of deceased,” said Garden City Police Chief Rick Allen. “One of the witnesses to the crash had just exited the truck parked at Recycle Boise, prior to the Ford Ranger slamming into the driver’s door. This was a very close call, and we are extremely lucky and thankful that no one else was injured or killed.”
This crash remains under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information that might help the investigation is encouraged to call the Garden City Police Department at 208-472-2950.