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Mt. Spokane High student dies in wreck, driver charged with homicide

A Spokane man has been charged with vehicular homicide in what police say was a drunken driving crash that killed a Mt. Spokane High School student Saturday night and left a second Mt. Spokane student fighting for his life.

The two-car collision happened about 8 p.m. on U.S. 395 at East Hastings Road, 1 mile north of Spokane city limits, the Washington State Patrol said.

Ramiro Sanchez, 29, was driving a 2005 Dodge Magnum northbound at high speed when the car made a left turn into a 1997 Eagle Talon that was southbound on the highway.

Best friends Bailey Roach and Taigen Balbi, boys who just finished their sophomore year, were in the Talon struck by Sanchez. Roach, the driver, died at the scene. Balbi was taken by MedStar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Sanchez, who was not injured, was driving under the influence and charged with vehicular homicide, the Washington State Patrol said. He was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail.

Jessica R. Rogers, 23, a passenger in Sanchez’s vehicle, was injured and taken to Holy Family Hospital.

The highway was closed for about five hours.

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