Teenager killed in incident involving dump truck in Boise

Boise, ID – There were news reports out of the Boise area that a young victim who was killed in a dump truck collision has been identified by police [1].

Investigation looks for answers after death of 16 year old skateboarder

A tragic incident occurred in Boise on Thursday morning, resulting in the loss of a young life. The victim has been identified as Jadin Zurawski, a 16-year-old boy, according to a statement from the Ada County Coroner’s Office. The circumstances of his untimely demise unfolded as he was riding his skateboard through the crosswalk between North 16th and West Washington streets near Albertsons.

At approximately 10 a.m. a dump truck in Boise traveling southbound on 16th Street struck Zurawski in the crosswalk. The impact proved fatal, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was determined to be traumatic blunt force injuries, as concluded by the coroner’s office. The Boise police initiated an ongoing investigation into the incident, aiming to ascertain the precise sequence of events that led to this unfortunate collision.

Jadin Zurawski was a student at Boise High School, a fact confirmed by a spokesperson from the Boise School District. The news of his passing deeply affected the school community. Principal Deborah Watts conveyed the devastating news to parents, guardians, and staff members of the school through an email. She expressed the family’s request for privacy during this difficult period and pledged to offer any necessary support.

Boise High School is equipped with a crisis team that specializes in helping students, parents, and school staff navigate through challenging times. Principal Watts assured that the school would rally together to provide the necessary support, emphasizing the importance of unity and mutual aid during such heart-wrenching moments.

The tragic incident has left the Boise community in shock and sorrow. As the investigation continues, many are left grappling with the loss of a young life filled with potential. The school and community have come together to honor Jadin Zurawski’s memory and to provide solace to his grieving family. The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life and the need to cherish and protect those around us. In their collective mourning, the Boise community aims to uphold the spirit of support and empathy, rallying around each other to find strength in unity as they remember the life of a promising teenager gone too soon.

What parties may be liable for a dump truck accident in Idaho?

In the aftermath of a dump truck accident in Idaho, determining liability can be a complex process that involves various parties. Liability is typically established by examining the specific circumstances surrounding the accident, the actions of the parties involved, and the applicable laws and regulations. Here are some parties that may potentially be held liable for a dump truck accident in Idaho:

  • Dump Truck Driver: The driver of the dump truck might be liable if their actions, such as reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, or failure to adhere to traffic rules, directly contributed to the accident. Negligence on the part of the driver could lead to them being held responsible for the resulting damages.
  • Trucking Company: If the dump truck involved in the accident is owned by a trucking company, that company could be held liable under the legal doctrine of “vicarious liability.” This doctrine holds employers responsible for the actions of their employees when those actions occur within the scope of their employment. If the driver was working for the company at the time of the accident, the company might share liability.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection Companies: If poor vehicle maintenance or faulty equipment played a role in the accident, the companies responsible for maintaining and inspecting the dump truck could be liable. Malfunctioning brakes, steering issues, or other mechanical failures could contribute to an accident and raise questions about proper maintenance practices.
  • Manufacturers and Distributors: In cases where a defective part or component of the dump truck contributed to the accident, the manufacturer or distributor of that part could be held liable. This could include defective brakes, tires, or other critical components that played a role in causing the accident.
  • Government Entities: If the accident was caused by poor road conditions, inadequate signage, or other infrastructure-related issues, government entities responsible for maintaining the roadways could be held partially responsible. However, claims against government entities often involve different procedures and timelines due to governmental immunity protections.
  • Other Negligent Drivers: If there were other vehicles involved in the accident, the negligence of those drivers could also contribute to the accident. Multiple parties could share liability depending on their respective actions leading up to the collision.

Determining liability in a dump truck accident requires a thorough investigation involving accident reconstruction specialists, eyewitness accounts, and examination of any available surveillance footage. The legal process can become intricate, involving insurance companies, legal representation, and possibly court proceedings. If you or someone you know is involved in a dump truck accident in Idaho, seeking professional legal advice from a truck accident attorney is crucial to ensure that all liable parties are identified and held accountable for the damages caused.

Legal advice following any accident

There are Idaho truck accident lawyers and other legal professionals available at USAttorneys.com. Those who need a referral can call 800-672-3103

Johnson and Lundgreen is a firm that can handle all aspects of truck accident lawsuits in the Boise area. 

Firm contact info:

Johnson and Lundgreen

250 S. 5th St., Suite 300, Boise, ID 83702





  1. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/16-year-old-who-was-struck-killed-by-dump-truck-in-boise-is-identified/article_7d084398-331c-11ee-9aba-bb97821994f0.html