Teenager driving illegally during collision with moose


by Cole Heath & KREM.com


Posted on June 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 10:16 AM

CATALDO, Idaho-- KREM 2 is learning more about a car crash on I-90 last month involving a 14-year-old driver.

The tale sounds like something out of a movie.

It happened in the Silver Valley.

Ryan Comesatnight was driving several family members when he slammed into a moose and decapitated it.

We now know Comesatnight was driving around 100 miles per hour without a license or a permit. Investigators say he was driving three adults, who were in the backseat and had suspended licenses. The group was driving from Great Falls, Montana to the Coeur d’Alene Casino.

Idaho State Police Corporal Michael Lininger was at the crash scene near Cataldo, Idaho.

“This case was complete chaos,” he said. “They were all at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Turns out that’s truer than it first sounds. The teen’s guardian, Martin Tellesch, wasn’t supposed to leave Montana because he’s on parole.

Four others were also in the car, including two five-year-olds. One of them fractured his skull and had to have a plate put in after the moose head came flying into the car.

“I’m very surprised he wasn’t killed instantly,” Lininger said.

Neither of the kids was in a safety seat. Tellesch and the other guardian in the car, April Deroche, were ticketed for that.

The teen behind the wheel was charged for driving without a license.

Adding to it all, the mangled Cadillac wasn’t insured.

All the fines have yet to be paid.