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BOISE -- The teen driver involved in a traffic accident on March 3rd that killed two passengers in his car was both intoxicated and high on marijuana, according to crash reports.
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. The test also revealed the Boise teen was high on THC -- the active ingredient in marijuana.
The crash report states that Olson was racing a silver Lexus alongside a black BMW driven by a friend before the accident occured. 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.
Police say the teens were drinking alcohol at a party in Boise before the crash.
The car's airbags did not deploy, and only one teen was wearing a seatbelt, according to the report