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Lakeville teens killed in crash remembered as funny, happy, 'great kids'


Lakeville residents are mourning two high school students who were killed in a car crash Friday, as police work to determine the cause of the accident.

Jacob Flynn, 17, and John Price, 18, both of whom attended Lakeville South High School, died in the one-car crash which happened at about 2:30 p.m., shortly after school ended for the day.

The accident occurred on 225th Street, just west of Dodd Road, when the truck the teenagers were riding in rolled over. Flynn and Price were ejected from the vehicle.

In the wake of the accident, school district officials canceled all Lakeville South activities for the weekend. The district is also offering grief support for students and staff.

Friends of Flynn and Price gathered to remember them Saturday, KARE 11 reports.

Price, who played on Lakeville South's baseball team, was an "easy-going, funny guy," his friend Casey Carlson told KARE 11.

Friends of Flynn, who was a football player, described him as a "great kid" who was always happy and had a "contagious smile," the station reported.

Hundreds of people also converged on the high school Friday night to share their grief. Counselors and clergy members were there to help console the mourners.

Others took to social media to express their grief, using the Twitter hashtag #lakevillestrong.

Two other students in the car at the time were injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment, according to MPR News. They are 17-year-old Alexander Hughes, who was the driver, and 18-year-old Mason Kohlbeck.

According to the Star Tribune, a school official said Kohlbeck was released from the hospital Saturday and met with some of his classmates at school.

Sheriff Tim Leslie said his investigators are still trying to determine how the accident occurred. KSTP reports they're looking into whether "Nerf Wars," a game played by students at the school where they chased and shot each other with Nerf guns, may have contributed. 

There's also speculation the young men were not wearing seatbelts.

The Pioneer Press notes that on the same date two years ago – Dec. 4, 2013 – a Lakeville North student, Alyssa Lynn Ettl, died in a crash after losing control of her car on a slush-covered road.

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Price is survived by his parents, John and Lisa, and a brother, Tommy. Flynn is survived by his parents, Kevin and Michelle, and siblings Jordan, Jolie and Jace, according to the Star Tribune.

This year has already seen more traffic deaths in Minnesota than 2014.

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