A pair of teenagers who attended University High School died in a high-speed collision last Saturday. The male driver, a 16-year-old boy who also attends U-Hi, is listed in satisfactory condition at a local hospital
Saturday at 9 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a one-vehicle collision at 5200 S. Bates Road, said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, sheriff’s spokesman. Deputies arrived on scene to find two 15-year-old females, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, deceased from the collision.
Sheriff's Office Collision Investigators responded and determined the vehicle was traveling northbound on Bates at an apparent high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached an S-curve, the driver lost control of the vehicle, struck the curb on the east side of the road which caused the vehicle to become airborne. The vehicle struck a large tree on the east side of Bates, killing the female passengers.
The driver was transported to a local hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition.
“Speed appears to be the cause of this collision, not impairment,” Chamberlin said.
The investigation is ongoing and there have been no charges forwarded to the prosecutor's office at this time. Since the driver has not been arrested, the Spokane Valley News Herald chooses not to identify the teen; though he has been named by other news agencies.
Services for Freier have been set for today (Friday) at 1 p.m. at Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. Memorials may be given to any Chase branch in Freier’s name.
Services for Mott have been scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schaefer Road. Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran VBS.