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Tragic Boise Car Accident Claims Life of a Young Local Woman

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

In the early morning hours of November 1st, 2013, a fatal crash occurred on Highway 44 that claimed the life of a young woman. The victim, Aldina Ekic, was just 21-years-old at the time of the crash. She was a resident of Boise and was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Andrew Cassell of Eagle. Mr. Cassell is 25-years-old.

This tragic accident occurred at mile marker 20, near North Horseshoe Bend Road in Boise. Mr. Cassell was traveling in the westbound lane on Highway 44 when he veered off the roadway and struck a power pole on the right shoulder. Mr. Cassell was driving a 2004 Kia Optima at the time of the crash. Ms. Ekic—who died at the scene of the accident—was not wearing her seat belt.

Idaho State Police investigated the crash. According to their findings, alcohol was a factor that led to the accident. Troopers further noted that costume material was found in the car, leading to speculation that Mr. Cassell and Ms. Ekic may have been coming from a Halloween party when the car went off the road and struck the utility pole. Idaho State Police Sgt. Sam Ketchum released the following statement: “Again, it was a tragic accident…someone was driving down the road, either not paying attention or under the influence, and now we have a young person that’s dead.”

After the crash, State Street was closed to all traffic for approximately one and a half hours. The roadway was reopened before 5:00 a.m. In addition to Ms. Ekic’s fatal injuries, Mr. Cassell was also injured in the accident. He was taken to Saint Alphonsus Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was later arrested and is now charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The Morton Law Offices express its deepest sympathies to the family of Ms. Ekic.

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Alan Morton
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