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Investigators: Teen driver in fatal wreck had meth

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(Investigators found meth in the car Brooke Reese was driving.)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Nearly a week after a 19-year-old girl was killed in a wreck that the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said followed a night of drinking, authorities are asking for drug screening in addition to blood tests for alcohol.

The collision happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 54th and Hatch Rd.

The office says 18-year-old Brooke Reese, driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, tried to turn left at a high rate of speed when she collided with a BMW, driven by 18-year-old Taylor Marean, trying to pass her.

Both cars slid off the road into a tree on Hatch Road on Spokane's South Hill.

Reese suffered minor injuries in the wreck, but the passenger with her, 19-year-old Jacoby Bryant, was killed. Neither Reese nor Bryant was wearing a seatbelt.

Neither Marean or his passenger, 19-year-old Ryan Perrizo, were injured in the wreck.

While searching the cars, investigators discovered methamphetamine in the Grand Am - the car Jacoby Bryant was riding in. The sheriff's office believes it belonged to the car's driver, Brooke Reese.

Detectives say the discovery does not prove Reese was under the influence of the drug, but they are asking for a drug screen as part of the toxicology reports.
     
According to court documents, Reese told investigators that everyone had been drinking at a party earlier in the night, including the driver of the BMW, Taylor Marean.

During questioning, Reese admitted to a deputy that she was responsible for her friend's death saying she had drank around four shots of vodka before the wreck.

Reese told deputies it was Marean's idea to race. The following is a quote from Reese pulled from court documents as told to a deputy:

"I guess... we were racing...his car was fast, faster than I would have ever thought. I tried to turn left onto 54th, but I was going too fast and slid and hit the tree. The other car just hit us. I feel so stupid. I want to die."

Detectives say this crash is a real-life example that driving under the influence and racing lead to disastrous results.

The sheriff's office says they were not able to get any pre-crash data from the Grand Am but are working with a BMW dealership to see if they can get any information from the car's computer to see how fast it was traveling.

"It was a bad choice by all parties. Racing is not for streets, it's for the racing track or something like that," said Deputy Dave Thornburg.

Charges have yet to be filed in the case pending the outcome of the investigation and toxicology reports. The toxicology reports should be returned within 30 days.

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