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Investigators determine speeding caused crash that killed two teens near Post Falls

From staff reports

Alcohol was not a factor in a crash that killed two teens on May 23 north of Post Falls, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office investigation found.

Monte A. Thomson Jr., 17, and his passenger, Leo C. Neal Jr., 17, were killed in the crash in the 11500 block of W. Hayden Avenue.

The sheriff’s office determined that Thomson was driving in excess of 80 mph when he lost control of the 2002 Jaguar XKR convertible that he was driving.

An alcholic beverage container was present at the scene, but the sheriff’s office determined that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Investigators also determined that there was no evidence that distracted driving was a factor in the crash.

Neal was a junior at Post Falls High School. Thomson was a junior at Central Valley High School.

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