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University High School remembers two teens in emotional ceremony

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sunday, October 5, marked one year since two University High School students were killed in a car crash. Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott were passengers in a car being driven by 16-year-old Preston Maher, who had received his license the day before.

Police say Maher crashed into a tree while going double the speed limit on a rural road in Spokane Valley. The three were coming home from a birthday party, and investigators believe Maher lost control of his vehicle while speeding and trying to get air on an area of roadway known as 'the Ponderosa Jump'. Both girls were just 15-years-old.

McKenzie's mother, Connie Mott, said she now does everything she can to preserve what her daughter left behind. For example, her daughter's busy schedule had the two of them driving all over the Spokane area. She says McKenzie would often relax and put her feet up on the windshield. At the time, Connie says it irritated her, leaving footprints all over the windshield. Today, those footprints are a cherished reminder of the moments they shared. "It was my time with her," Connie says. "I could look at it and it reminded me she was there, she was still there." But Connie will soon have to say goodbye to the those prints. The wear and tear of the road has left cracks across the glass and it will soon have to be replaced. Connie says, "you have to give things up. Despite what the cost is. It's our job to keep going and keep talking about it, talking about her."

On Wednesday, October 1, under the lights at University High School, the Titans remembered their fallen forward McKenzie Mott. The night began with a moment of silence, then a prayer around a rock engraved with McKenzie's number.

The school is also remembering Josie Freier. Students have organized a Toys for Tots drive for Josie. They say Toys for Tots was her passion, like soccer was McKenzie's. Toys can be donated all week long at University High School.

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