First Responder's Account of the DUI Accident at Edahow Elementary

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School Crossing Guard (Deanne Coffin)
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Updated: 6/25 8:10 am
 

A Pocatello Elementary school teacher charged with a felony DUI after driving erratically and crashing into the sidewalk outside of the school, injuring herself and the crossing guard. But that’s not the story the school is telling. We spoke to one of the first responders on the scene, who put her medical training to work, just to have it the school turn around, and allegedly lie to her son.

“I started working on her because she had blood everywhere,” said Rachael Booth, one of the first on the scene.

Rachael had a test of her own on the last day of school, putting her 8 years of clinical experience to work after teacher Amy Smith slammed into the crosswalk as Rachael was dropping off her son.

“I was really concerned about her mental stability, more so than I was the bleeding,” said Rachael.

Rachael sat and talked with Ms. Smith until the paramedics arrived, and was immediately concerned with the conversation.

“She was very slow, her words were slurred, I was very concerned whether or not it might be something from a concussion, maybe something to do with medication, or maybe even worse, some sort of alcohol influence.”

Rachel’s son saw the whole accident unfold as he was walking down the path into the school yard, but what he saw and what the school administration told the student body, didn’t quite match up.

“Well what she said is someone from behind hit her and she had hit the pole and then the crossing guard tried to get out of the way,” said Brayden. But that’s not what he saw, “No. what I saw is she just hit the pole and then the crossing guard tried to jump out of the way and she still got hit a little bit.”

Now that the accident’s details are out, as well as Ms. Smith’s prior DUI’s, the school’s version of the story doesn’t hold much weight, and leaves parents with even less faith in the district and administration.

 “I don’t want a cover up; I don’t want to send my student to that school that there participating in that kind of behavior,” added Rachael.

KPVI News 6 spoke with Shelly Allen from District 25 today and she says the school district cannot comment on whether or not they had any knowledge of smith’s prior DUI record.

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