Neighbors alerted deputies about Ponderosa Jump before fatal crash

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:32 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Court documents showed the teenage driver in a deadly Spokane Valley crash earlier in October was trying to “catch air” on a stretch of roadway nicknamed Ponderosa Jump.

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People who live near Ponderosa and Bates said people speed up the hill all the time. They claimed that they have alerted the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on dozens of occasions.  One man said speeding is a real problem. Some cars bottom out and leave gouges in the road.

WATCH: Deputies explain how a deadly Spokane Valley crash played out

Investigators say Preston Maher was going more than 50 miles-per-hour when he tried to correct a turn and hit a tree. The passengers, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott were both killed in the crash.

KREM 2 News took a look at the route Maher took. You can still see the tire marks where Maher lost control around the S-curve.  Maher appeared to have lost control of the car before even making it to Ponderosa Jump according to court documents.


No charges have been filed against Maher but the investigation is on-going.  The case is being investigated as vehicular-homicide.

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