BOISE -- A Boise man has been charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, among other charges, for his role in a car accident on Curtis Road last March that claimed the lives of two teenagers.
Ada County prosecutors say Cody Olson, 20, turned himself in to authorities on Monday after failing to appear in court on August 7th. Olson is also charged with one count of felony injury to a child and one count of misdemeanor driving without privileges in the same case.
On Tuesday, Olson appeared before an Ada County judge where his bond was set at $150,000.
Olson's charges stem from a deadly crash on Curtis Road near the outbound Connector on-ramp on March 3, 2012. Police say Olson was likely going around 90 miles per hour when he failed to negotiate a curve coming off the Connector and hit a concrete wall. Five people were in the vehicle.
Eighteen-year-old Scott Hyde died at the scene. Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Belcher passed away at the hospital a week after the accident. Four of the five occupants were not wearing seat belts and had to been taken to the hospital.
Deputy prosecutor Ben Harmer said the state would pursue one of two paths in prosecuting the 20-year-old for vehicular manslaughter.
One: Olson was driving under the influence, and that behavior led to the deaths of Hyde and Belcher.
Two: Olson was driving recklessly, and that behavior led to the deaths.
Harmer went on to say an investigation and toxicology reports showed that Olson had been drinking alcohol before the crash, but did not say whether he believed the 20-year-old was intoxicated at the time.
Harmer said Olson faces additional charges of frequenting a place where drugs are sold, and for failure to appear in court. However, those charges happened in separate cases that occured after the crash.
Olson's defense attorney, Mark Manweiler, was successfully able to argue his client's bond down to $150,000 from $250,000 during Tuesday's arraignment.
Manweiler went on to detail the fact that his client wasn't a flight risk since he'd turned himself in to authorities. He also argued that his client had suffered through an intense period of emotional trauma leading up to the crash, along with emotional and physical trauma afterward.
Manweiler said Olson's own brother had been killed in a separate car crash one month earlier.
He also detailed Olson's injuries from the March crash, which included two broken legs, a broken collarbone, two collapses lungs, a torn heart sac, injured spleen, facial fractures, and a brain injury.
If convicted, Olson faces up to 15 years in prison on each count of vehicular manslaughter and/or a $15,000 fine.
Prosecutors say the felony injury to a child charge is for injuring Jasmine Ondrick who was a passenger in the car. If convicted of felony injury to a child, Olson faces a minimum of one year and a maximum of ten years in prison. His driver’s license could also be suspended for life.
Meanwhile, the investigation into car crash by Boise Police is ongoing.