Three men were killed when a BMW traveling at least 90 mph in a 25-mph zone left the road and smashed into two pine trees, a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.
Traffic investigators said the 1991 BMW 325 was headed west when the driver lost control on a right-hand curve at 44th Avenue and Eastern Road in southeast Spokane County. The car flew off the road and sheared off a 15-inch-thick pine tree before hitting another tree. It appeared that all three men died on impact, the release said.
A passerby discovered the crash and called the sheriff’s office around 5:18 a.m. The time of the collision is unknown but a neighbor reported hearing a speeding car around 11:30 Saturday night.
Sheriff’s deputies said a mostly-empty bottle of whiskey was found inside the crumpled car, as was a shotgun that was smashed in half by the impact. Two of the occupants were tentatively identified as 21-year-old Spokane residents, but the third carried no identification.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release names following autopsies on Monday.