Spokane police arrested a teenager on suspicion of vehicular homicide on Wednesday in relation to a crash into the Spokane River that killed another teenager this month.
The teenage defendant, who was the driver of the car, was pulled from the river soon after the car became submerged in the river near the 2500 block of East South Riverton Avenue around 11 p.m. on May 4.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Dive Team later recovered the body of another occupant of the car, 16-year-old Maina Mugo, who died from drowning, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The car likely left the road after crashing into an unoccupied parked car, according to Spokane police. Speed and intoxication were investigated as factors in the crash.
Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger said the driver was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center on Wednesday.
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