SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Officials said two teenage girls died and a teenage boy was critically injured after the car they were traveling in hit a tree Saturday night.
All three were sophomore students at University High School, according to the school’s assistant principal.
Authorities said the driver was going too fast around a corner near the intersection of Ponderosa and Bates. The car lost control, went airborne after careening off the road, and hit a tree around 9 p.m.
The 16-year-old male driver was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in critical condition. The two teenage girls killed were 15 and 16 years old, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Jonathan Hein, a friend of one of the victims, said the three teenagers were at a birthday party the night of the crash.
"I still can't believe it," Hein said. "We were pretty close, hung out almost every day."
Deputies said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the wreck.
"He [the driver] just got his license and was having fun and I guess he got in a car accident," Hein added.
The investigation was still ongoing but there had been no charges forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office as of Sunday.
The Medical Examiner's Office planned to release the identity of the two deceased passengers after autopsies were completed.
Meanwhile, a memorial was growing along Bates Road Sunday. A vigil was also planned Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at University High.