Driver charged in 2012 Burnsville rollover that killed 2 teens


A 17-year-old boy is facing criminal charges after the car he was driving last August in Burnsville spun out of control, killing two teenage passengers.

WCCO reports the boy was charged in juvenile court with three felonies and a gross misdemeanor as a result of the one-vehicle crash on Aug 21, 2012 that ejected 16-year-old Fred Alexander of Burnsville and 17-year-old Alesha Roehl of Northfield.

Alexander was pronounced dead a the scene and Roehl died at the hospital that night.

The driver and two other south metro teens were also hurt.

The Minnesota State Patrol determined that the car carrying the driver and four passengers was traveling approximately 96 mph in a 40 mph zone on Buck Hill Road when the car lost control, spun 180 degrees, hit and curb and rolled several times down a hill onto the southbound lanes of I-35.

The driver told investigators that he thought it would be fun to swerve back and fourth while driving and that he must have hit the gas instead of the brake, according to KARE 11. One passenger had told the driver to slow down, police said.

Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom said the case was filed under Minnesota's extended juvenile jurisdiction statute, which will provide a stayed adult prison sentence if the driver is convicted, KARE says. It would also extend the juvenile court's jurisdiction over the case until the defendant reaches age 21.

The Star Tribune says the driver also violated a state law limiting how many teenage passengers could ride in his car. The 17-year-old received his license less than six months before the crash, during which time the law allows only one passenger under age 20.

The driver had gotten the car just a few days before the crash, the Pioneer Press reported.

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