BOISE – Idaho State Police investigators said neither alcohol nor speed were factors in a deadly crash that killed two Weiser men Saturday night.
Highway 95, just north of Payette, was shut down for six hours as authorities reconstructed the fatal crash.
21-year-old Darin Thomas was driving north when his Jetta crossed into the other lane and collided head-on with a Norco semi-truck. Thomas and his friend, 22-year-old Christian Alder, died instantly.
“It’s not a pleasant task to have to go tell someone that their son, brother, daughter has died in a crash,” said Idaho State Trooper Oliver Chase who was on the scene Saturday evening.
By Sunday, many in the Weiser community caught word of the crash and friends took to social media posting to Thomas and Alder’s Facebook pages.
“They are comforted in the fact that he is in a better place,” said Delton Walker. “The Alders wanted people to know that they are doing fine.”
Walker is a family friend and served as Alder’s bishop. He said both young men recently served LDS missions.
On Saturday, they were headed home from the visiting the temple.
“On this particular day...they had gone to the Boise Idaho Temple, to see a friend sealed in the temple," said Walker. "They were about two miles from Chris’ home.”
The section of Highway 95 where the crash occurred is historically known to locals as a "bad stretch" of the road. Trooper Chase reminds everyone to drive safe.
“Concentrating on the task at hand and just driving especially this time of year when you have got a lot of people on the road traveling long hours sometimes coming home from visiting families,” said Chase.
Both young men were wearing their seat belts.