Witnesses: Teen driver was racing before deadly crash

Friends and family members of the teens involved in a tragic March crash gather for a candle-light vigil.




Posted on June 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:22 AM

BOISE -- A newly released report offers more details on a deadly crash on Curtis Road near I-184, including that witnesses saw the car racing another vehicle shortly before the crash.

The teen driver involved in a traffic accident on March 3rd that killed two passengers in his car had both alcohol and marijuana in his system, according to crash reports.  The report says the teenagers had left a southeast Boise home where they had been drinking alcohol.

The accident crash report released by the Idaho Dept. of Transportation on Thursday shows that officers measured 19-year-old Cody Olson's blood alcohol level at .071 after the crash.  That would be a legal level for someone 21-years or older to drive, but would not be for a teenager.  A blood test also revealed the Boise teen had THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his body.

The crash report states that Olson was on the connector heading away from downtown racing a silver Lexus alongside a black BMW driven by a the brother of one of Olson's passengers.  Boise Police would not release any information on that car or driver. 

The report says Olson crashed the Lexus while driving approximately 100 m.p.h. as his vehicle exited westbound I-84 onto the Curtis Road offramp, struck a pole, then afterward hit a concrete retaining wall.

18-year-old Scott R. Hyde of Meridian along with 18-year-old Kelsey Belcher of Boise died as a result of the crash. Hyde died on impact. Belcher passed away in a nearby hospital several days later. A third and fourth passenger, Jasmine E. Ondrick and Nicholas G. Hendrickson, were also hospitalized.

A St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center spokesperson said Friday that none of the three injured teens remain in the hospital; however, KTVB has no further information on them.

The car's airbags did not deploy, and only one teen was wearing a seatbelt, according to the report.

Boise Police are investigating the case, which is classified as an aggravated DUI and vehicular homicide case.  No charges have been filed.  BPD is awaiting results of forensic evidence testing to complete a report for prosecutors, who would determine if any charges are appropriate.

You can read the ITD report here.