Deputies investigate fatal crash on Chinden Blvd.

A Meridian man died after his car crashed into a traffic light pole at the Chinden Boulevard/Idaho 16 intersection early Friday morning.

Deputies were called to the intersection at 1:30 a.m. Friday and found a 1996 Ford Thunderbird had crashed into the pole on the northwest side of the Chinden/Idaho intersection. The car was badly damaged, and the driver had been thrown from the car and was on the ground nearby.

It appears the driver, later identified as 20-year-old Jeremy Saunders, was driving the Ford westbound on Chinden Boulevard at a high rate of speed when it traveled across the intersection and hit the pole.

Saunders was in the car by himself. Deputies and paramedics attempted first aid before Saunders was declared dead at the scene of the crash.

Ada County Coroner’s officials have listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

The crash is still under investigation.

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