JEFFERSON, Ore. (AP) -- The Marion County Sheriff's Office says a 19-year-old Jefferson man is dead and two other young men injured after they went on a high-speed joyride and the car flew into a power pole and was sheared in half.
Deputies say they found the entire front end of the 1995 Honda Civic, including the engine, front windshield and dashboard, about 100 feet away from the rest of the car Saturday night. The driver, Nicolas J. Jolly, was dead at the scene.
One passenger, 19-year-old Douglass Curtiss, of Turner, sustained only minor injuries, but the other, 19-year-old Juan Barrera, of Jefferson, was admitted to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.
Barrera released a statement to KGW from the hospital Sunday.
“Nicholas Jolly was a good kid, a good friend and a great student. My thoughts are now for his family. I am doing okay. Doctors plan to monitor my condition day to day. I am sorry this happened. Everyone should learn a lesson from this crash. It’s not all fun and games. Bad things can happen. It doesn’t matter who you are. I want people out there to not make the same mistake,” he said.
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.
It wasn't immediately clear who owned the car.