Family thankful for support after church crash: 'It was tough'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Family spokesman Travis Hobson says the sudden death of his mother June from a heart condition was hard enough.

But he says the accident that immediately followed her funeral service was almost unbearable.

"It was tough," Hobson told KBOI 2NEWS. "We're fortunate to have a big family, an extended family, to lean on. We've all bonded together and grabbed each other tight."

The funeral service crowd -- including Travis Hobson's seven siblings and June Hobson's 28 grandchildren -- was getting ready to go to the cemetery for the burial when a car driven by an elderly gentleman jumped the curb and crashed into people on the lawn at the LDS Church at McMillian and Shamrock streets in West Boise.

"It was a war zone, " said Travis Hobson. "It was incredible. We honestly couldn't tell who was alive and who wasn't."

Nine people were injured, including a five-year-old boy whose legs were broken when the car ran over him.

Mike Tueller of Boise was actually pinned to the front windshield but came through it all unscathed.

"There were bodies everywhere," he said. "The five-year-boy was there, his legs obviously run over."

But Travis Hobson says his family holds no ill feelings toward the driver.

"We just know it was a doggone unfortunate accident," he said. "This guy's one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet. He was a close friend of my mom's and a great friend of the family."

Their plan now, he says, is to care for their shaken father and go on about life.