Teen dies in high-speed crash when car splits



The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says one Jefferson teen is dead and two injured after they went speeding down a road they called “roller-coaster hill” and their car flew into a power pole and was sheared in half.

Deputies say they found the 1995 Honda Civic’s front end, including the engine, front windshield and dashboard, about 100 feet from the rest of the car Saturday night. Driver Nicolas J. Jolly, 19, was dead at the scene.

One passenger, Douglass Curtiss, 19, of Turner, had minor injuries; the other, Juan Barrera,19, of Jefferson, was taken to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.

The passengers told deputies they went for a drive on Valley View Road because it was like a roller coaster. They said Jolly was driving between 90 and 100 mph when the car “caught air” and struck the pole. They were wearing seatbelts, but the driver’s-side airbag never deployed.