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Criminal charges possible for rollover crash that killed 15-year-old in Brooklyn Center

The boy's 16th birthday was upcoming.
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Brooklyn Center police continue to investigate a single-vehicle crash that proved fatal for a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning. 

News of the crash came via the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, which identified 15-year-old Keyaries Devont'e Benford, of Robbinsdale, as the victim. 

The crash happened around 1:20 a.m. Sunday. in the parking lot of a business located at 5930 Brooklyn Blvd. S. Brooklyn Center PD announced Tuesday afternoon that Benford was found partially ejected out of the back passenger window of a passenger car that was on its side and badly damaged. 

Benford had sustained "obvious head trauma and did not appear to be breathing," the department said. Attempts to free the boy from the vehicle were compromised by the vehicle being "extremely unsteady" and nearly rolling over on the officers as they worked to pull him out. 

Paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced Benford dead. 

Two adults with significant injuries are believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash and criminal vehicular charges have been sent to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review. 

"It is strongly suspected that alcohol played a role in this fatal one car crash," Brooklyn Park PD said in a release. 

Benford was a sophomore at Minneapolis North High School. The school made the following announcement on Facebook. 

"Keys would have been 16 years old on the 30th of this month. This was his sophomore year and second year at North High. We cherish his memory, mourn with his family and covet your thoughts as many of our students and staff feel like we’re facing down death all around us."

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