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Judge sentences 'hill hopper' to 60 days

Tuesday, September 30, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

A Spokane Valley teen driver has been sentenced to 60 days of detention for a car crash he caused last October that killed two 15-year-old girls riding with him.
   We blogged about this sad accident earlier.
   The newly licensed driver, age 16 at the time, drove through a residential area at high speed over what locals call the Ponderosa Jump. He lost control after cresting a rise and careened into a tree, killing his passengers. Road crews rebuilt the stretch of road in June, flattening the dip and rise.
   “Hill hopping” is a dangerous activity for thrill-seekers. Unless you steer the car perfectly, it will probably swerve when it lands because the shock absorbers and springs compress, then expand, displacing the car’s center of gravity.
   The driver’s father told the courtroom, “Our silence (after the crash) could have been interpreted by some as a lack of remorse. But those around us know that this accident has left our entire family devastated.” Read the KREM-2 story.

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personKatie Walsh10/01/2014 08:06 AM
So sad for these families, and I pray that everyone involved will be able to move forward from this.
Having grown up in this area, it's not hard to imagine how it happened.

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