POCATELLO — Two young women are fighting for their lives at a local hospital after being struck by a car early Saturday morning while walking across an intersection near Idaho State University.
Police say the man driving the car was drunk.
Krista McMurray, 24, of Burley, and Britni Scott, 26, of Pocatello, are in critical condition at Portneuf Medical Center, where they were transported via ambulances after being struck around 2 a.m. Saturday by a car driven by Andrew Poisel, 30, of Pocatello, state police said.
Poisel was arrested on two counts of aggravated drunk driving following the collision and is currently being held at the Bannock County Jail, authorities said.
Poisel was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala southbound on South Fourth Avenue when he struck McMurray and Scott at South Fourth and East Whitman Street, state police said. Poisel came to a stop two blocks away at South Fourth Avenue and East Halliday Street and was arrested by responding Bannock County sheriff’s deputies.
One of the women who was struck was dragged by Poisel’s car for one block and responding police officers found her lying in the intersection of South Fourth and East Benton Street, authorities said. The other woman was dragged for two blocks by Poisel’s car and responding police officers found her lying in the intersection of South Fourth and East Halliday Street, authorities said.
Police temporarily shut down South Fourth from East Benton Street to East Halliday Street following the collision.
The impact of the collision damaged the front-end and windshield of Poisel’s car and pieces of his vehicle were strewn along South Fourth.
Numerous Pocatello police, state police and Bannock County Sheriff’s Office units responded to the collision along with multiple Pocatello Fire Department ambulances.
If convicted of the felony charges against him, Poisel faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.