A 46-year-old Meridian man died after he drove a motor scooter into a truck hauling a trailer in the Columbia/Meridian roads intersection Wednesday morning.
The Ada County Coroner’s Office is expected to release the name of the man — and the cause and manner of death — sometime Thursday. Officials were still working to find and notify members of the man’s family Wednesday afternoon.
The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. Wednesday — around the same time a different traffic crash at Amity and Ten Mile roads caused a power outage in the area.
Deputies are still investigating whether the traffic lights at the intersection of Meridian and Columbia roads were working at the time of the fatal scooter crash.
The man was driving his scooter westbound on Columbia Road when he entered the Meridian Road intersection.
A truck pulling a trailer was going southbound on Meridian Road at the same time.
The scooter collided with the trailer in the intersection, knocking the scooter to the ground.
Paramedics took the scooter driver to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later. It appears the man was not wearing a helmet.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours Wednesday. Deputies are still working on the crash investigation. No charges have been filed.
Idaho Code Title 49, chapter 6 explains the rules for vehicles entering an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection.
Here is an excerpt: (1) When two (2) vehicles approach or enter an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the vehicle on the right.