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Driver arrested after Spokane Valley crash injures four juveniles

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - UPDATE: As of Monday afternoon, Autumn Solomon was charged with three additional counts of Vehicular Assault due to the serious injuries sustained by the other three juveniles who were in the vehicle she was driving when she crashed early Sunday morning.

Two of the juveniles have been released from the hospital, while one is in critical condition, and the other is in stable condition.

One of the juveniles, a boy, received a skull fracture and could suffer from permanent neurological damage and paralysis.

Previous Story: A 19-year-old woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a crash sent four juvenile passengers to the hospital. Officials say Autumn N. Solomon, 19, was booked into jail for Vehicular Assault.

Spokane Valley Deputies were called to the 18800 block of E Cataldo Avenue, east of Barker Road, in Spokane Valley just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Investigators believe Solomon was driving west on Cataldo at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a sharp corner as she approached Barker Road.

Deputies say the vehicle hit a concrete barrier and vaulted into the air before coming to rest in a vacant lot. They say an initial estimate indicates the vehicle's minimum speed was twice the posted speed limit of 25 mph.

Solomon had four passengers, ages 12- 14, in her car. None of them are believed to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. One passenger suffered a serious head injury and is in critical condition in the hospital. The three other passengers are in stable condition.

Investigators do not believe impairment played a role in the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are possible.