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Driver steps forward in Cody Boyd death

Police await crime lab test results

Hailey police Capt. Brian McNary hopes DNA tests done on a small amount of blood taken from the trailer’s right, rear mud flap will positively place the truck at the scene of Boyd’s death.

Express Staff Writer

Police believe they have identified the driver and truck that collided with and killed 9-year-old Hailey bicyclist Cody Boyd three weeks ago.

Capt. Brian McNary, during a telephone interview Monday, said a 39-year-old man telephoned the Hailey Police Department Thursday to declare that he might be the driver responsible for Boyd’s death.

Police would not release the name of the driver, but McNary described him as a 6-foot-3-inch-tall, 200-pound Caucasian.

"I would feel terrible, if we [released the name] and it didn’t turn out he did it," McNary said. "We would all feel like idiots."

The man, a former Hailey resident who now lives in Shoshone, met with police voluntarily and without a lawyer at the Hailey police station Friday morning for about an hour, McNary said.

The interview was informal, so the individual’s legal rights, such as his right to remain silent, were not read, and no taped or written record was made, McNary said.

But the driver did write a one-page statement, which McNary declined to release.

Because the driver said he did not recall hitting Boyd, police said they will not know for sure if they have the correct person until the state crime lab in Meridian returns results of DNA tests and other tests the lab is performing on evidence police collected from the truck. That could take up to two weeks, McNary said.

When the investigation is complete, police said they will submit a report to the county prosecuting attorney, who will decide whether to press charges against the driver.

During the interview, the man explained he didn’t come forward earlier because an eyewitness’s apparently inaccurate account—which he read in newspaper stories—described the truck as white or tan, according to McNary.

After reading the newspaper stories, the man nevertheless inspected the rig he was driving but failed to find any sign that he had hit a person, McNary said.

Further, more detailed, newspaper stories and knowledge that police were investigating the trucking company he worked for caused the driver to finally call, according to McNary.

Police have zeroed in on a 1989 blue Freightliner, which was pulling two flatbed trailers. The rig, empty at the time of the fatality, was about 100 feet long with 16 wheels for the trailers alone.

B-Bar Ranch, a Twin Falls-based company, operates the vehicle, and six others like it, to provide agricultural hauling services, a company spokesperson said during a telephone interview Monday.

For nearly a week, the two attached trailers have been parked at Kelly’s Diesel and Gas Repair, a 24-hour roadside trucking service station located on Interstate 84 about 10 miles east of Twin Falls. A mechanic at the station said B-Bar ranch uses the parking lot behind Kelly’s as a staging and storage area for its trucks and trailers. McNary said Monday there is no reason to impound the truck and trailers because he can easily get any additional evidence from the rig, if needed. He said he may remove one or more of its tires soon. Already, investigators have taken the right, rear mud flap. And, they have taken tire imprints by rolling the rig’s tires over cardboard and butcher paper.

Witness descriptions and forensic evidence lead police to believe it was the last set of wheels on the right side on the second trailer that ran over Boyd.

That theory supports McNary’s idea that Boyd may have not realized the truck was pulling a second trailer when he peddled through the intersection.

According to McNary, the driver was scheduled to pick up a load of hay from Croy Canyon and take it to a dairy in Magic Valley.

Heading north alone, the driver turned right onto Fourth Avenue near the Hailey airport, then west at Bullion Street, McNary said. After allegedly colliding with Boyd at Second Avenue at about 8:15 a.m., the driver continued west across Main Street, according to McNary’s account.

The day after the accident, police identified the manufacturer of the tread on one of the rig’s tires from an impression left at the scene. Two days after the accident, police stopped a rig that had a matching tire. From that match, police identified B-Bar Ranch, and began inspecting all its trucks and trailers.

McNary, on Monday, said he is waiting to see if the state crime lab, or maybe an FBI lab, can identify not only the tire manufacturer but also match the individual tire to the impressions taken at the scene.

McNary also hopes DNA tests done on a small amount of blood taken from the trailer’s right, rear mud flap will positively place the truck at the scene of Boyd’s death.

Given that the driver said he doesn’t recall the accident, McNary said he could have some "tough, tough" work ahead of him trying to prove the match, if both tests fail.

A spokesperson for B-Bar Ranch said the driver quit working for the company on Tuesday of last week. His resignation may have been influenced by the accident, the spokesperson said, but it was probably "more about money." Drivers for B-Bar Ranch earn a percentage based on weigh hauled. "The more they haul, the more they make," the spokesperson said, and apparently he couldn’t haul enough.


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