CALDWELL – A school bus driver has been charged in connection with a deadly crash in rural Canyon County last year that claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy.
Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor announced today that 56-year-old Debra Boatwright of Nampa has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Boatwright was driving a 1998 Bluebird school bus when it was hit by a 1974 Mack dump truck at the intersection of Deer Flat and Happy Valley roads. The bus was transporting 12 children to Crimson Point Elementary School in Kuna on the morning of Dec. 5, 2013.
Daniel Cook, 11, of Nampa, was riding on the bus and died in the collision.
The crash was investigated by the Idaho State Police.
Investigators say the school bus was eastbound on Deer Flat Road and stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Deer Flat Road and Happy Valley Road. Boatwright then pulled into the intersection and the bus was struck near the rear passenger side by a dump truck driven by Charles Derby. The truck was northbound on Happy Valley Road.
Daniel was seated in the 11th row of the bus.
The ISP investigation concluded that Boatwright failed to yield the right of way when she pulled into the intersection.
It's taken prosecutors several months to review all the facts of the case and make a charging decision. They say the delay is because some evidence takes longer to analyze, process and be collected.
Canyon County officials say Boatwright is scheduled to be arraigned on June 5.