December 31, 1996 in City

Truck Slams Into Bedroom, Injuring Boy

From Staff And Wire Reports

A 5-year-old boy suffered a burned and cut foot plus leg abrasions when an allegedly drunken driver plowed into his family’s Idaho Falls apartment and through his bedroom, running over him.

Joshua Christopherson was listed in serious condition Monday at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City.

The driver, Frank Clark, 49, of Idaho Falls, was arrested for aggravated drunken driving after tests showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.32, more than three times the legal limit for driving, authorities said. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Police said Clark made no attempt to brake as his pickup truck left the roadway, crashed through a plywood sign and ran across a small field before ramming into the apartment and finally stopping at a bathroom wall Sunday night.

Michael Christopherson said the truck’s engine still was revving and the rear wheels still were spinning when he rushed into the room to his son.

Clark told police the truck skidded on ice, causing him to veer off the road. But the police report says the temperature was 40 degrees and the road was ice-free.

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