A freshman baseball player for the College of Southern Idaho was killed along with a friend early Sunday morning in a one-car crash near Filer.
Devon Austin, a freshman catcher for the Golden Eagles, and Ryan Rhinehart, both of Coeur d'Alene, were killed when their four-door sedan went off the road near U.S. Highway 30 sometime after 1 a.m., according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office. Another individual from Coeur d'Alene, Jessica Duran, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was released. All were at least 18 years old.
The trio were unaware that Clover Road curved just before intersecting with the highway. According to the sheriff's office report, none of the three were wearing seatbelts, and Austin and Rhinehart were ejected from the car. The crash is still under investigation.
CSI Athletic Director Joel Bate said the team was notified Sunday morning by head coach Boomer Walker.
"Devon was a fine young man and a talented ballplayer," Bate said. "He will be missed."
Rhinehart and Duran were long-time friends of Austin from Coeur d'Alene, who had decided to join him in Twin Falls and attend CSI.
Austin earned Gatorade Idaho Baseball Player of the Year honors last season while playing at Coeur d'Alene High School. He originally signed to play college baseball at New Mexico State, but the Chicago Cubs selected him in the 45th round of June's Major League Baseball amateur draft. Austin opted for the junior college route in order to increase his draft stock over the next two seasons and chose CSI.
Bate added that Austin's teammates will have a separate memorial, but details are pending.