A teen couple killed in a crash Monday night in Jerome County were wearing their seat belts but were thrown from the car when it was cut in half by a pole, police said.
The crash, reported about 8 p.m. Monday at 200 North and 300 West, is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said alcohol was involved.
Lt. Robert Rausch clarified Wednesday morning.
“We know there was alcohol there, and there were five underage people involved,” Rausch said. “We’re determining if any of them had consumed it.”
A crash reconstruction team is still investigating the deadly collision, which Rausch said was “maybe not as straightforward as it first seemed.”
“We’re kind of in a holding pattern on determining the cause while doing all of our due diligence with the reconstruction team and talking to witnesses,” Rausch said.
These tragedies affect more than just the immediate family involved. On Monday night several lives were changed forever.
Facebook post by the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office
In the statement released Tuesday, ISP said a 2002 Honda Civic ran a stop sign on southbound 300 West and collided with a 2011 Hyundai Elantra driving west on 200 North.
Both occupants of the Civic — 16-year-old Baily Helsley, of Nampa and his passenger, 16-year-old Deven Schulz, of Jerome — were killed in the crash. They were both thrown from the car despite wearing seat belts.
“The reason they got ejected was because the car spun into a pole and cut it clear in half,” Rausch said. “The pole came right through the B-pillar — the part of the car where the shoulder straps of a seat belt connect — and it cut them free from their seat belts.”
The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office said Schulz was the niece of Twin Falls County Deputy Neil Schulz, and Helsley was her boyfriend.
“The Magic Valley has experienced a higher than usual number of tragic vehicle fatalities since Memorial Day,” the TFCSO said in the Facebook post. “We urge you to slow down, to pay attention, and to not drink and drive.”
The three occupants of the other car were all taken Monday night to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, but they had all been released by Tuesday afternoon, Rausch said. They were the 18-year-old driver, Casey Clapp, of Wendell, and his passengers Emily Lozano, 18, of Jerome and Salvador Bielmas, 16, of Wendell.