Law enforcement officials zero in on missing driver
This view east on Bullion Street, from approximately where Cody Boyd fell,
shows the intersection of Bullion and Second Avenue. On the left is the Second Avenue stop
sign which became a memorial to Boyd. He was traveling south on Second (from left to right
in the photo). The truck he collided with was moving east to westthe same direction
as the car in this photo. There is no stop sign at Second Avenue for vehicles traveling on
Bullion. Express photo by David N. Seelig
Until police talk to the driver, they say many important questions
will remain unanswered. Stoneback, for example said he has not ruled out homicidebut
that it is possible the driver doesnt know he or she killed Boyd.
By TRAVIS PURSER
Express Staff Writer
With a new witness and two hopeful leads, Hailey police say they could be
zeroing in on the missing driver whose truck killed 9-year-old Cody Boyd two weeks ago.
Boyd collided with a large flatbed truck and trailer while riding his bike
at the corner of Second Avenue and Bullion Street in Hailey, and died hours later from
The truck and driver never stopped.
With a general description from witnesses, police have been searching for
the rig in hopes that they can then find the driver.
Police chief Jack Stoneback said during an interview at his office Monday
that captain Brian McNary inspected trucks outside of the Wood River Valley during the
weekend and Monday.
Tuesday afternoon, police were waiting for test results from a state crime
lab that could positively identify the truck, Stoneback said in a telephone call
yesterday. If so, that could lead to the driver later this week, he said.
Stoneback and McNary were reluctant to divulge specifics about the new
witness or their leads for fear of contaminating the investigation.
McNary said the new witness surfaced after his wife read last
Wednesdays newspaper stories. Apparently, he said, the witness had briefly mentioned
the collision to his wife, but neither of them considered talking to police until the
following weeks stories.
"He doesnt speak English," McNary said. "So I
dont think he heard or read any media. So when the articles came out and she read
them, thats when they really touched base about it."
McNary said the new witness has provided some crucial new details about
the scene. For one, the witness was in a better position to see the color of the truck
than the first witness, McNary said.
Until police talk to the driver, they say many important questions will
remain unanswered. Stoneback, for example said he has not ruled out homicidebut that
it is possible the driver doesnt know he or she killed Boyd.
Two weeks after the collision, however, Stoneback is losing faith in that
"Unless the guy lives out somewhere that doesnt have TV,
doesnt have radio, [where] he doesnt talk to anybody, its hard for me to
believe that this person doesnt know that he may have been the one that was involved
in the accident," Stoneback said Monday.
If police find the truck and driver, Stoneback said the county prosecuting
attorney will decide whether to file charges.
"Theres a difference between knowing you did it at the time and
then, later on, figuring it out," he said. "There would be a difference in the
crime. One would probably be a felony, which would be the manslaughter-type thing. The
other would be failure to report an accident, which would be a misdemeanor."
Of course, theres a good possibility current leads wont pan
out. In that case, Stoneback said he may have one or both of the witnesses hypnotized in
an effort to dislodge psychologically buried details of what they saw.
Stoneback said he can recall the technique being used twice in his more
than 30-year carrier, once successfully and once not.
But theres a problem with hypnosis.
"People, when they see something really horrible," he said,
"they block it out, because of the trauma. If we were to do this, say this guy
wasnt able to get over ithe could turn around and sue us."
More important than charging the driver, however, both Stoneback and
McNary said they want questions answered for the sake of Codys mother, 29-year-old
Tying up the loose ends of the story could "help Mom not be wandering
around for the rest of her life looking for a flatbed truck that ran over her kid,"
McNary, too, said he wants some "closure" to the case.
"I have some questions to ask, and Im sure [Bluechel] has a few
answers that she would like to know," he said Friday. "Its more important
to me for that than even the charge."