Last week, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office forwarded charges to the county prosecutor against the driver of car that crashed on Oct. 15 in Spokane Valley, killing two teenage girls.
“The prosecutor’s office will review the case and make the final determination on charges against the juvenile driver,” said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, sheriff’s spokesman.
The driver of the car, 16-year-old Preston Maher, could face two charges of vehicular homicide resulting in the deaths of fellow University High School classmates 15-year-old Josie Freier and 16-year-old McKenzie Mott.
The collision occurred in a hilly area at the intersection of East Ponderosa Drive and South Bates Road. Investigators believe that Maher was travelling at a high rate of speed when the car left the roadway and crashed into a tree. He was hospitalized for injuries but has since returned home.
Since the incident, Spokane Valley Police have stepped up patrols in the area.
Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker will now decide whether Maher will be charged and, if so, whether or not he is charged as an adult. Vehicular manslaughter is a felony and is punishable (as an adult) by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Editor’s note: While the Spokane Valley News Herald generally avoids naming juvenile suspects or victims, the identities of those involved have already been widely reported in other media.