This past Monday evening, two teens were killed and another three teens were injured in a Jerome County crash. According to local news sources, the incident happened at the intersection of 200 North and 300 West at about 8:00 p.m. A vehicle being driven by 16-year-old Baily Helsley of Nampa was headed south on 300 West when for unknown reasons, he failed to stop at a stop sign. His Honda Civic continued into the intersection and was struck on the driver’s side by a westbound Hyundai Elantra.
Two Teens Lose Lives in Collision
Even though Helsley and his passenger, 16-year-old Deven Schulz, were buckled up at the time of the crash, the severity of the collision led them to both get ejected from the vehicle and die on the scene.
Three Teens Suffer Personal Injuries in Idaho Collision
The driver of the Elantra, 18-year-old Casey Clapp of Wendell, and two passengers in that car were injured in the crash. At least one of the teen passengers in the Elantra had to be airlifted to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. The driver and the other passenger in the Elantra were also transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There has been no word on the extent of their injuries or on their current conditions. At this time, the wreck is still under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.
U.S. Teen Car Crash Statistics Are Grim
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens across the nation.
- In 2013, 2,163 teens were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.
- An additional 243,243 teens were treated in emergency room departments for car crash injuries in 2013.
- Per vehicle mile driven, teen drivers, ages 16 to 19 years old, are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.
Some Basics For Teen Driver Safety
We know that crash risk for teen drivers is high. We also know crashes are preventable. There are many things a teen driver can do to avoid a car crash injury in Idaho. And to focus on accident prevention. Obviously staying safe by developing driving skills with a focused parent or other trusted adult. Avoid risky behaviors, such as not buckling up or driving your many friends around. You can prevent car crashes by practicing safe driving behaviors.
NHTSA’s “Five to Drive” for Teen Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging parents to talk to their teen drivers about the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors behind the wheel.
NHTSA’s “5 to Drive”
- No alcohol
- No cell phones
- No driving or riding without a seat belt
- No speeding
- No extra passengers
The team at Holzer-Edwards, Chartered sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Deven Schulz and Baily Helsley, We also wish swift and full recoveries for those who were injured in the Jerome County crash.
We encourage all teen drivers and their families to be acutely aware of the many risks that come with a teen being behind the wheel. No family should ever have to go through what all thee families are experiencing today