- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Boise man authorities say hit and killed a pedestrian and then deleted text messages rather than giving aid to the critically injured man has been charged with two felonies.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tyler Martinez of Boise was charged Thursday in 4th District Court with vehicular manslaughter and destruction of evidence.

KTVB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1WhSKgo) that prosecutors say Martinez was high on meth on April 8 when he drove off the road near the Boise Airport, striking and killing 64-year-old Joel Eggers, the chief starter at Firebird Raceway.

Prosecutors say police had to physically pry the phone from Martinez to get him to stop deleting text messages.

In a second case, Martinez is also charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

Martinez is being held on a $100,000 bond in each case.

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Information from: KTVB-TV, https://www.ktvb.com/


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