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River Most, 17 -- Car Accident

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CATHLAMET, Wash. - A Cathlamet teenager faces a charge of vehicular homicide in a one-vehicle rollover that left one of his passengers dead and another injured.

The Washington State Patrol said that speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, which took place shortly before 4 a.m. Monday at milepost 42 on State Route 4 in the Cape Horn area of Wahkiakum County.

River J. Most, 17, of Cathlamet died at the scene, the state patrol said.

Erin Michelle Parker, 17, of Cathlamet was partially ejected in the crash. She was airlifted to Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, with head and chest injuries. She was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.

The driver, Andrue Verl Riley, 17, was not injured. According to the state patrol, Riley was traveling west at high speeds in a 1996 GMC Suburban.

The vehicle left the road to the right, struck a dirt embankment and rolled over, landing on its wheels, the state patrol said. All three occupants were wearing seat belts. He loved playing guitar and piano and played in a rock band in Cathlamet. "River was the nicest one of all," his brother said tearfully. "I want everybody to know that."

Daily News archives show that Riley, a senior at Wahkiakum High School, is an honor student and a standout athlete in cross-country and track.

His father, Mike Riley, is head coach of the Wahkiakum track team. Parker graduated in 2005 from Wahkiakum, where she also was an honor student.

The wreck closed the highway for about three hours Monday.



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