Remembering Spokane Valley teen killed in car crash

A family friend of Monte Thomson Jr., one of two teenage boys killed in a car crash Monday night near Post Falls, says the 17-year-old was someone who would do anything for anyone.

“He was beyond classy, beyond caring, and someone who can’t be replaced,” said Craig Chamberlin, who’s known the Thomson family for years. “This one is going to sting people for a long time.”

Chamberlin is a patrol deputy for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He’s worked many deadly crashes in his career, but says this on hits too close to home.”

“Heaven most definitely got the best of the best,” he said.

Chamberlin says any father, including him, would be ecstatic to see their teenage daughter bring home a boy like Thomson.

Chamberlin says the loss of Thomson is still sinking in, and the “why’ question will be asked for a very long time.

A vigil is being held for Thomson on at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Central Valley High School. 

Thomson and his passenger, 17-year-old Leo Neal, were killed Monday night while riding in a car. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says the initial investigation at the scene indicates the car, a 2002 Jaguar convertible, was westbound on Hayden Avenue from Idaho Road at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, crashing through a fence, rolling and crashing through a line of trees, striking a gas line before coming to rest.

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Alcohol was present at the scene however it is not known at this time if it was a factor in the crash. The Sheriff's Office says autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

If anyone has information regarding the crash or was in the area around the time that it occurred they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Traffic Investigation Team at (208) 446-1300.

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