After their loved one was hit and murdered by an automobile while changing a tire in Vancouver, Washington, a local family is distraught.
Jerry Bolland, 42, was standing on the side of Interstate 205 at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2 when an incoming car hit him and drove away. Bolland was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. According to Lori Bolland Embree, the driver of the second car has not been discovered, and there are no significant leads in the investigation.
Bolland Embree is Bolland’s aunt, but he was adopted by her family when he was three years old, thus she considers him a brother.
“He was on his own. Bolland Embree tells EastIdahoNews.com, “The very next automobile that came over him, I think it was maybe 10-15 minutes later, stopped and contacted 911.” “He was awake and chatting to the people who had come to a halt as well as the EMTs.” He was taken to the hospital and died.”
Bolland grew up in Parker and enjoyed mending vehicles and motorbikes. He resided in Idaho Falls and worked as a cab driver. He was a talented mechanic who enjoyed music and tattoos.
Bolland Embree adds, “He had a lot of hardships in his life, and in the midst of it all, he was always very, very nice to people and quite hopeful about life.” “He was constantly smiling and treating his buddies like family.”
The Washington State Patrol is still investigating the collision and is asking anybody who witnessed it to come forward. Those in the neighborhood who have dashcam footage from June 2 between 12 and 12:45 a.m. should review their film to determine whether a vehicle is seen leaving the site.
Bolland Embree is hoping that whomever hit her brother would call the cops so that she and her family may have some closure.
“All we want to know is what occurred,” said the group. They may have been dealing with their own problems, or they could have been afraid. But knowing things gives a family a lot of comfort, and knowing this would be everything,” she adds.