Excessive speed led to deadly Post Falls crash

Excessive speed led to deadly Post Falls crash

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has concluded that excessive speed was the primary factor leading to a crash that killed two teens in May.

Monte Thomson Jr., 17 of Spokane Valley and Leo Neal Jr., 17 of Post Falls were killed when Thomson’s 2002 Jaguar XKR convertible left the road, crashed through a fence and hit some trees in the 11500 block of W. Hayden Avenue on May 23.

The sheriff’s traffic team determined that Thomson was driving in excess of 80 mph when he lost control of the Jaguar as it left the road.

While alcohol was found at the scene, investigators determined it was not a factor in the crash. There was also no evidence of distracted driving, authorities also determined.