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Grant Co. Sheriff's Office looking for witnesses to crash that killed 8-year-old girl

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EPHRATA, Wash. -

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public as they continue to investigate a crash that took the life of an 8-year-old girl this week in Ephrata. 

Ephrata Police were called for a possible car prowling in progress Wednesday night, but before police arrived, the suspect vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Durango with three people inside, fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The Durango blew through a stop sign and hit a Chevy Pickup. The Durango rolled on its side and into a power pole, while the Chevy Pickup crashed into a garage. The three occupants of the pickup were trapped inside and had to be extricated by firefighters. 

One of the passengers of the pickup, 8-year-old Audrey Grubb, suffered multiple injuries and later died at the Columbia Basin Hospital. The drive of the pickup, 33-year-old Grant County Deputy Justin Grubb was taken to a hospital in Moses Lake and is in stable condition. Grubb's other passenger, 35-year-old Elizabeth Mills of East Wenatchee was critically injured and was flown to a Spokane hospital. 

Grant County Deputy's daughter killed in DUI crash

The drive of the Durango, 36-year-old Ephrata resident Neil McLeod was arrested at the scene and faces charges of DUI-drugs, Vehicular Homicide and Vehicular Assault. McLeod's two passengers, Jaucina Skotland, and Sarah Gibson, received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals. 

McLeod has an extensive criminal history that includes 8 felony convictions for things such as burglary, theft, and reckless burning. He also has 12 gross misdemeanor convictions for assault, DUI, malicious mischief and harassment. 

Investigators are now looking for anyone who witnessed the Durango on D Street Northeast seconds before the collision. No matter how seemingly small, they are looking for any information that will help them in their investigation. Anyone with information should contact Sgt. Josh Sainsbury at 509-750-7306, or send email to jsainsbury@grantcountywa.gov.

Meanwhile the community of Ephrata has been showing their support for the Grubb family, with a memorial and signs being placed at the scene of the crash.

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