SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- Students and staff at University High School are mourning the loss of two students after a fatal crash over the weekend.
The wreck killed sophomores McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier, both 15. The driver is 16-year-old Preston Maher according to authorities. He is recovering in the hospital.
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"I'm praying and hoping that's he going to make it,” said Jonathan Hein, a University High sophomore.
Maher had recently got his license. The three teenagers were driving back from a party when they crashed.
Those who knew the two girls well said they were close to Maher.
"He's one of our good friends, known him since sixth grade, we were pretty close, hung out every day,” said Willow Ashton, a University High sophomore.
Students said Maher was involved in various school activities. They said he was focused on his classes. They also said he cared deeply about Mott and Freier.
Preston is in satisfactory condition at a local hospital according to deputies.