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Fatal Lakeville crash: Did 'Nerf Wars' game play a part?


Investigators trying to figure out what caused a fatal one-vehicle accident Friday that killed two Lakeville high school students are looking into whether a Nerf War game was involved.

A pickup truck carrying four teenage boys rolled over Friday afternoon on 225th Street near Dodd Boulevard. Two of the boys, Lakeville South High School students John Price, 18, and Jacob Flynn, 17, were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, Alexander Hughes, 18, remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center. The fourth passenger has been released from the hospital.

Nerf War being investigated

Dakota County Sheriff Timothy Leslie told the Star Tribune Sunday that Nerf War games are apparently popular at Lakeville high schools, and the boys in the truck may have been distracted by a game when the crash occurred.

The game involves players using Nerf guns to shoot foam pellets at each other. Some of the games can be quite elaborate, with a long list of rules and a cash prize for the winners.

According to a woman who saw the crash occur, the truck lost control and flipped on its own, meaning it's highly unlikely another vehicle was involved in a Nerf War with the truck, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Leslie said it's still possible the passengers in the truck were playing among themselves. He said investigators will search the vehicle closely on Monday for any evidence of Nerf guns or other possible causes of the crash, according to the Pioneer Press.

They'll also retrieve data from the truck's computer system, which should reveal how fast it was going, when the driver used the brakes and other information that could shed light on the cause.

Investigators haven't been able to speak yet with Hughes, the driver, Leslie said.

Funeral services planned

John Price IV: Visitation is at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail in Lakeville, Monday, Dec. 7. from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The funeral service is at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. South, Minneapolis, Tuesday Dec. 8 at 11 a.m.

Price is survived by his parents, Lisa and John Ashton Price III, brother Thomas, grandparents and other relatives and friends. Complete obituary here.

Jacob Flynn: Visitation is at the White Funeral Home, 20134 Kenwood Trail in Lakeville, Wednesday Dec. 9 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is at All Saints Catholic Church, 19795 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, Thursday Dec. 10 at 11 a.m.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Kevin and Michelle, siblings Jordan, Jolie and Jace, grandparents and other relatives and friends. Complete obituary here.

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