Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott dead and Preston Maher injured in crash on S Bates Rd in Spokane Valley on Oct 5

Modified Date: 
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:03pm
Accident Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2013

The driver of a car that crashed into a tree Oct. 5, killing two University High School girls, had his license for one day.

Donated toys piled up on a table in the Spokane Valley Fire Department administration building, but Rick Freier was looking at the picture of his daughter, Josie, that sat in the middle.

Students at University High School in Spokane Valley are mourning the deaths of two girls in a crash.

The teenage girls, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, were riding Saturday night in a car driven by a friend, Preston Maher, 16, news reports show.

The Spokane Valley teenager charged in the deaths of two University High School classmates is expected to take a plea deal on Thursday according to family of one of the teenage victims. 

The two University High School girls were killed Oct. 5 when the car driven by the 16-year-old went out of control on a stretch of road known as the Ponderosa Jump and crashed into a tree. Investigators estimated his car was speeding at close to 70 miles per hour.

On Wednesday, October 1, under the lights at University High School, the Titans remembered their fallen forward McKenzie Mott. 

Several hundred friends and family gathered to honor Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott at a candlelight vigil Sunday night. The girls were killed in a car crash one year ago Sunday. 

Preston Maher, 16, is now under investigation for vehicular homicide. Josie Freier, 15, and McKenzie Mott, 16, died in the accident at South Bates Road and East Ponderosa Drive in Spokane Valley. Maher told friends at a party that he intended to speed along Bates and catch air on what teens call the “Ponderosa Jump,” the top of a steep hill at the Ponderosa intersection. Maher drove at freeway speeds in the residential area. As he steered around a curve at the base of the hill, he lost control of the vehicle and drove into a tree in a ditch. All three teens were wearing seat belts, and alcohol has been ruled out as a factor. “All the elements are falling in line,” Chamberlin said. “That doesn’t mean he’s going to be charged.” Deputies were unfamiliar with the jump before the accident. As a new driver, Maher was not allowed by state law to have anyone else in his car other than family members for six months.

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Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Josie Freier
McKenzie Mott
Preston Maher

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