Driver in 2015 'Nerf Wars' tragedy in Lakeville dies unexpectedly

One of the two lawsuits against Lakeville schools has been dropped as a result.
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One of the people involved in a 2015 "Nerf Wars" crash that killed two students in Lakeville has died in California.

An obituary for Alexander Hughes says he died "unexpectedly" at his home in LaQuinta at the age of 21 this past November.

A graduate of Lakeville South High School, he was the driver of a truck that crashed after crossing the centerline and ended up in a ditch during a game of "Nerf Wars" just over four years ago.

Killed in the crash were two of Hughes' classmates, Jacob Flynn and John Price IV. The incident happened as they were playing "Nerf Wars," a game that sees students chase each other – often in vehicles – and shoot each other with Nerf guns.

His obituary states that since graduating from Lakeville, he had moved in with his uncle in California and was attending College of the Desert, where he was due to graduate with a business degree.

'More than anything else Alex enjoyed making plans with friends, fishing with his Dad, and checking out the best restaurants with his Mom," it reads. "Alex was close with his friends; they were like family to him. The one thing he didn't like about California, was that his friends were still in MN."

Hughes, who suffered a fractured skull and brain injuries in the 2015 crash, was the plaintiff in one of two lawsuits filed against Lakeville Area Schools following the crash.

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His suit alleged that the school district was responsible as it permitted the game to be played on school property, and didn't do enough to stop it, but the Pioneer Press reports that because of his death, the lawsuit is automatically dropped per state law.

The school district still faces a lawsuit from the parents of Flynn and Price, who allege that the district didn't do enough to warn students against playing "Nerf Wars." The next hearing for that case is in April.

No charges were brought in the crash, with the Dakota County Attorney's Office saying at the time that Hughes was "bumped" by one of the other passengers, causing him to swerve the truck and crash.

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