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November 19, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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.
April 9, 2012 at 8:36 PM
Weather: Sure was nice yesterday. Some of us even cut the grass. It’s going to be a nice 63 degrees today, but as the week progresses it’s going get a bit cooler and there is a small chance of light rain. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, however, look promising! The Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
There is not points to locate on the map
Fire engulfs popular Skykomish watering hole: The Whistling Post tavern was hit by fire early this morning. One firefighter suffered a burned hand. The tavern, reportedly built in 1903, was destroyed.
Speeding along I-5, driver stops, kills himself: The Bellingham Herald has a story about a man who was being pursued by a State Patrol trooper in a chase that reached speeds of 100 miles per hours on I-5 and ended with the man pulling off the freeway and shooting himself in the chest. He died at the scene.
Teen births dropped 9 percent in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010. Washington state ranks 40th in the number of teen births. Mississippi had the highest, New Hampshire the lowest.
Meredith Kercher’s father writes book: John Kercher, the father of Amanda Knox’s British roommate who was stabbed to death in 2007 in Perugia, Italy, has written a book about his daughter. In the book, he writes about the moment he heard of his daughter’s death. Knox, of West Seattle, along with her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with murder in Kercher’s death, but the convictions were later overturned.
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