Police: MN teen tries to kill himself in 100 mph crash, kills woman instead

The 16-year-old remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
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Police investigating a crash in South Dakota say they believe it was caused by a Minnesota teenager who was trying to die by suicide, but killed another driver instead.

The Watertown Police Department in South Dakota provided an update on Thursday to the head-on crash that happened at 4:58 a.m. Tuesday that killed local woman Dawn Meyer.

Police say a 16-year-old boy from Moorhead was driving a Volkswagen Jetta at speeds in excess of 100 mph when it struck Meyer's vehicle, which was going under the 35 mph speed limit.

"The crash is being investigated as an attempted suicide," the police department said, noting that the Jetta crossed the centerline to strike a Ford Focus driven by Meyer.

"Due to evidence obtained, it is now being treated as a homicide investigation."

Meyer was pronounced dead at the scene, while the boy – who has not been named – remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

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