Man charged for hit-and-run, injuring crossing guard


An Idaho Falls man has been arrested after he struck a crossing guard near Bonneville High School on Monday and fled the scene.

Austyn Arends, 19, was driving a red Suburban at 3:58 p.m. on Honeybee Lane when he struck the crossing guard, according to a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. Arends fled the scene, but was identified by witnesses and video surveillance cameras.

The guard was treated for his injuries and released. The news release said the crossing guard was wearing a reflective safety vest and had a hand held stop sign. Flashing yellow lights were visible to alert drivers of the crosswalk.

Arends was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in an injury or death, punishable with up to five years in prison. He was also charged with two misdemeanors, reckless driving and driving without a license, both punishable with up to a year in jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.