NAMPA -- The driver of a car that crashed early Saturday morning, killing a Nampa teen, was traveling over 100 miles per hour when the car flipped, according to Idaho State Police.
The crash happened at around 5 a.m Saturday morning on Orchard Avenue in Nampa, claiming the life of a 15-year-old girl.
Trooper Brandon Bake said the investigation is still ongoing, but early indications lead his team to believe those involved had just left a party where a fight had broken out.
“We need to keep driving home the fact that they need to not get into a car with somebody who has been drinking,” said Idaho State Police Sergeant John Burke.
Officials say nine people between the ages of 14 and 21 -- including the driver, 21-year-old Freddy Camacho-Quezada of Caldwell, were in the 2003 BMW passenger car.
Seven of the occupants in the car were riding in the back seat.
15-year-old Stephanie Rodriguez, of Nampa, died at the scene. Bake said she was riding in the front passenger seat and was wearing her seat belt.
Police reported Camacho-Quezada was driving too fast, lost control and rolled through three chain link fences, uprooted a tree and crashed into the frame of a trampoline before the car came to a rest upside down in a dry canal.
Burke said alcohol was involved in the crash. “There were several beer cans at the scene also several people involved that had been drinking,” he said.
Idaho State Police has been in contact with the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and charges could be filed as early as Monday.
“This family is hurting right now; it’s a terrible tragedy and something that could have been avoided,” said Burke.
Sunday, family and friends gathered at the site of the crash to pay respect to Rodriguez. Candles and flowers along with a cross now lay at the scene.