SPOKANE, Wash.-- The University High School student accused of being behind the wheel during a deadly Spokane Valley wreck was released from a Spokane hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Deputies with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Preston Maher, 16, was released.
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Maher was hospitalized Saturday night following a deadly wreck along Bates Road. His vehicle hit a tree according to deputies and killed two teenage girls. Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott died at the scene.
Authorities said the two girls left a birthday party in a car with Maher.
Crash investigators said they believe Maher came speeding northbound on Bates road when his car clipped the curb on the west side of the street. They said it spun around and the driver’s side hit the other curb across the road.
“It already had that spinning motion, that rotation going. The curb tripped the vehicle and made it become airborne and it continued its rotation until it struck that large tree, and came to rest on the opposite side of the tree,” said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
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Deputy Chamberlin said the car hit the tree on the passenger side. The two girls were sitting in the front and back seat on that side.
Authorities said alcohol did not play a role. They said the driver was not impaired, but rather inexperienced.