By Kip Hill
The Spokesman-Review / (MCT)
A 15-year-old driver speeding faster than 100 mph before crashing into a Spokane Valley power pole Friday night was taking a couple of intoxicated friends to get tacos, according to police reports.
Investigators want blood samples from the unlicensed driver. A 14-year-old passenger in the back seat who suffered a broken foot in the crash along the 3700 block of North Harvard Road in the Otis Orchards area said he saw the speedometer top 120 mph.
A 17-year-old boy in the front seat remained in critical condition at a hospital Monday. The 15-year-old driver injured his head and went to a hospital.
The driver had texted his two passengers earlier Friday night saying he wanted to go get some fast food, according to records. The 14-year-old told investigators he and the other passenger had been drinking and smoking marijuana. They walked to the driver’s house and then headed for a nearby Taco Bell.
As they drove back, the 14-year-old asked the driver to slow down as they neared a railroad crossing, according to reports.
The driver lost control of the 1998 Toyota Camry and slammed into the power pole.
The 14-year-old passenger reported he had not seen the driver drinking or smoking that night, though they had done that together in the past. The driver’s mother refused to let sheriff’s deputies question him at the hospital.
No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.