16-year-old driver dies in crash on West Monroe Road - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

16-year-old driver dies in crash on West Monroe Road

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -  The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a 16-year-old Nine Mile girl died Friday night when she lost control of her vehicle as she drove on extremely slick roads while talking to her boyfriend on a cellular phone.      

The crash occurred in the 4500 Block of West Monroe Road about 8:15 p.m.  The girl, licensed to driver for only three weeks, was pinned inside the 1995 Jeep Cherokee she was driving when it left the roadway, rolled and struck a tree.       

Deputies said the Jeep's driver-side door and roof were crushed, pinning the girl inside.  They added that it was snowing slightly and the roadway was very icy.       

The boyfriend told deputies he heard what he through was screeching tires as he spoke with the victim, and then possibly a crash.  The line was left open and he tried for several minutes to speak to the girl before driving to her mother's home to report what he had heard.      

He and the victim's mother went looking for the girl and arrived at the scene as emergency responders were working to free her from the Jeep.      

Release of the victim's name is pending identification by the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says they would like to remind Spokane-area motorists that winter driving conditions have arrived and even a small amount of snow or fog can cause icy road surfaces that can land the unwary in the ditch, or worse.

Sgt. Dave Reagan with the Sheriff's Offices says icy conditions can be overcome and driven safely, but only if drivers are fully focused on their driving and not distracted or affected by cell phones or alcohol and drugs.

Reagan also says, speed limits are set for optimum conditions, a bare and dry road surface in good lighting.  Anything less that those conditions should motivate safe drivers to slow down.

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