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Detective forwards vehicular homicide charges to prosecutor for deadly crash

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Fatal crash charge

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has forwarded two charges of vehicular homicide to the prosecutor's office against the teen driver whose two passengers were killed in an Oct. 5 crash.

Sheriff's Detective Jack Rosenthal forwarded the charges against the teen Tuesday.

University High School sophomores Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott died when the car they were riding in hit a curb, went airborne and slammed into a tree on Bates Road. The driver, while seriously injured, survived the crash.

The investigation into the crash revealed the 16-year-old driver had gotten his license the day before, wasn't allowed to have passengers in his car because he had just gotten his license, and was driving at freeway speeds along Bates Road, where the speed limit was 25 miles an hour.

Friends of the victims said they had left a nearby party with the intent to do the "Ponderosa Jump," a crest of a hill where you can get your car airborne if you pick up enough speed. They added, according to court documents, it wasn't the first time the teen had attempted the jump in his car.

The Prosecutor's Office will review the case, talk with the victims' families, and then decide whether or not to press charges against the driver.

If charges are brought against the teen, he will likely be prosecuted as a juvenile which means if convicted he would be looking at approximately six months in custody on each vehicular homicide charge.