SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A memorial sits in the spot where a deadly crash happened on Saturday night.
University High School sophomore Lexi Ivankovich was one of the last people to see her two good friends Saturday night. A T-shirt was made over the weekend to honor 15-year-old Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott.
“The night it happened, I was with them, and later that night, I was supposed to pick them up from a friend’s house and they just weren't answering my calls or returning my text. I knew something was wrong,” said Lexi Ivankovich, friend and classmate.
Authorities said the two girls left a birthday party in a car with another friend, 16-year-old Preston 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.
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.