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

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.

People Involved: 
Josie Freier
McKenzie Mott
Preston Maher

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Monday, June 23, 2014

A man died Wednesday from complications with injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred on Interstate 70 on Tuesday evening.

According to Columbus police, the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-70 just west of James Road in east Columbus at about 7:04 p.m.

Investigators say that Leon Edward Bates III, 30, was attempting to move off the right side of the road at a slow rate of speed. He may have been experiencing trouble with his vehicle.