Teenager Killed, 2 Others Injured
Posted on May 30, 2016
KUNA - Yesterday morning, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office reports that a pickup truck crashed south of Kuna on a desert road resulting in the death of a 17-year-old, Clay Tully (Meridian) and injuries to two other minors. The crash occurred just east of Swan Falls Dam around 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Tully had just graduated from Meridian High School the day before the crash.
Ada County Deputies report that the teens had attended a graduation part in the desert nearby when they decided to leave. While driving east of the intersection of Swan Falls and Moore Roads, Tully was driving on a dirt road when he lost control of his pickup truck as the pickup truck rounded a corner and left the road and rolled. Both Tully and at least one of the passengers were thrown out of the pickup truck. No one in the truck was wearing a seatbelt reported on of the deputies.
Tully was reported to have died at the scene of the collision. A 15-year-old and a 16-year-0ld were also injured as a result of the crash. The 15-year-old as reported to have been taken to the hospital by air ambulance with serious injurys. The other 16-year-old passenger was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries reported.
Police are continuing their invesigation concerning the cause of the collision. The police have not released whether alcohol was a contributing factor to the cause of this crash.
Parents should take a moment to talk with their children about the importance of wearing seat belts and shoulder harnesses whenever they are driving or otherwise occupying a vehicle. Obviously, a driver is ultimately responsible for maintaining control of a vehicle at all times with a duty of care to pay attention to the speed limit, road conditiosn and road signs, if any, in the area. While traveling on a dirt or gravel road, the braking distance of a vehicle increases due to lack of friction present as compared to driving on a dry road that is paved with asphalt. Traveling in the dark also increases the reaction time of any hazards that exist on the road.
Our deepest condolences go out to all of the families involved in this horrific incident, and hope that others take note.
Never drink and drive, and always use caution when traveling on a dirt or gravel road in a rural area.