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Driver facing charges for crash that killed Lakeville North sophomore

A 21-year-old is now facing criminal vehicular homicide charges.
Sydney Kohner, 16, died in the crash. 

Sydney Kohner, 16, died in the crash. 

An arrest has been made after a single-vehicle crash in Burnsville resulted in the death of a 16-year-old Lakeville North High School student. 

On Monday evening the police department announced that a 21-year-old Farmington man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. Police say he was driving the vehicle that crashed Saturday morning, killing 16-year-old Sydney Kohner and injuring 15-year-old Carmen Braun, of Rosemount. 

Bring Me The News does not typically name suspects until formal charges are filed. 

The crash happened a short time after police saw three people get into a vehicle outside the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn, located at 14201 Nicollet Avenue, and "flee the parking lot at a high rate of speed," according to Burnsville police.  

The crash happened at approximately 6:26 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Nicollet Boulevard and Grand Avenue. Kohner died at the scene while Braun was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for care. 

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A short time before the crash, police were responding to a noise complaint at the Best Western Premier Nicollet Inn, located at 14201 Nicollet Avenue. As they arrived, officers saw three people get into a vehicle and "flee the parking lot at a high rate of speed."

School officials have confirmed that Kohner was a sophomore at Lakeville North High School. She died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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