2 teens killed in crash on icy Minnesota highway


Two 16-year-olds were killed in a crash on an icy Minnesota highway Wednesday night, according to reports.

The fatal crash, according to the State Patrol's incident report, involved a Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling south on Highway 71 in Hubbard County around 6:30 p.m. when it lost control and was hit broadside by a truck traveling north.

The Bemidji Pioneer is reporting both teenagers – a girl from Bemidji and a boy from Laporte – were killed in the crash, while the driver of the other vehicle – a 53-year-old Park Rapids man – was seriously injured.

The teenagers were identified Thursday morning as Kiara Renollette, of Bemidji, and Jacob Bruns, of LaPorte.

A GoFundMe was started for Renollette, hoping to raise $6,000 to help with funeral and family expenses.

"She was an amazing and fun loving girl who liked playing music, dancing and hanging out with her friends," the page says. The creator identifies herself as the teen's mother, and says she is the sole financial provider for she and her four other children.

Some people have been sharing their condolences for the teenagers:



There have been at least 12 fatal crashes in Minnesota so far this year, according to the Toward Zero Deaths Minnesota website. Last year at this time, two people had been killed on the state's roadways.

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