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Family of teens involved in fatal Highway 395 crash speak out

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Taigen (left) is fighting for his life Bailey (right) died at the scene of the crash. Taigen (left) is fighting for his life Bailey (right) died at the scene of the crash.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

A teen boy was killed and his passenger was critically injured following a crash on Highway 395. It happened one mile north of Spokane city limits on Saturday evening.

According to Washington State Patrol, a 2005 Dodge Magnum driven by 29-year-old Ramiro Sanchez was speeding northbound on Highway 395 when he hit a maroon 1997 Eagle Talon car, traveling southbound. Troopers suspect Sanchez was under the influence. He was arrested for vehicular homicide.

The Dodge came to rest on the southbound shoulder. The Eagle Talon ended up in a southbound ditch.  Two teens were in the Eagle Talon. Troopers say the 16-year-old driver of the car was killed on the scene. The passenger, also 16-years-old, was airlifted by Medstar helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center. His condition remains critical as of Monday evening.

Sanchez's passenger, 23-year-old Jessica Rogers, had minor injuries. Sanchez was not hurt. Witnesses said Sanchez was driving in excess of 100 mph.

The uncle of the teen killed is now speaking out. Scott Topp says his nephew Bailey was adored by all who knew him.

"Bailey was a young man who wasn't afraid to go against the grain," he said. "He had a twin sister. They shared the same birthday with their dad."

Topp asked everyone to please pray for both Bailey and his best friend Taigen who is clinging to life. Taigen's father Rick Balbi said the boys had been best friends nearly their entire lives.

"They were inseparable since the age of 3," he said. "They came as a pair."

Balbi had this to say about the man responsible for the crash.

"He is a murderer, absolutely," he said.

Sanchez made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. His bail was set at $250,000.

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