Two North Dakota State University students were killed in a crash over the weekend.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol's website, 18-year-old Danie Thomssen was driving westbound on Interstate 94 in Glyndon when she lost control on the snowy/icy roadway, and slid into the guard rail and median just after 10 p.m. Saturday.
Thomssen and passenger 19-year-old Carson Roney were killed. Another passenger – 18-year-old Haley Visto – suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The students, all from North Dakota, had spent Saturday shopping at Mall of America and the Albertville Premium Outlets, Thomssen and Roney's parents told the Forum News Service.
Thomssen and Roney were studying biological sciences at NDSU, Valley News Live says. Wade Thomssen told Forum News Service his daughter wanted to become an orthodontist, describing her as a "very easy going person" with a "fun personality."
"Danie was very bright, bubbly and a cheerful person. She was never mad or sad and she always made you feel better," Jaden Braunagel, who has known Thomssen since they were little, told Valley News Live.
ReNae Roney said her son wanted to go into family medicine, telling Forum News Service he had a "genuine interest in helping people." Morgan Seminary, who has also known Thomssen since they were young, told Valley News Live Roney was a "great guy" and said his "mom raised him right."
Others have taken to social media to share their memories and condolences for the two teenagers. Here are some of the tributes:
So far this year, at least 33 people have been killed in crashes on Minnesota roads, the state Department of Traffic Safety's website shows.