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Missed stop sign led to crash that killed Braham high schoolers

What caused them to miss the stop sign is still under investigation.
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The crash that left two high school students dead on Saturday was caused when one of them ran a stop sign.

That's according to Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith, who provided an update to the crash that tragically killed Alexis Hasser, 18, and Gavin Butenhoff, 16.

Smith told GoMN that it appears Hasser failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 195th Avenue and Rainbow Street in Comfort Township, east of Mora, Minnesota.


– Community grieves for Braham high schoolers killed in crash.

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Their vehicle was then hit by a pickup truck that had the "clear right of way" at the intersection, Smith added.

What caused Hasser to travel through the stop sign is still under investigation, he added.

Following the crash on Saturday morning, Hasser was taken to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, where she later died. Butenhoff, who was her boyfriend, died at the scene.

The teenagers are students of Braham High School, which opened up on Sunday afternoon to provide counseling to those affected.

A GoFundMe campaign to help Hasser's family with medical and funeral expenses has so far raised more than $12,000, and describes her as "a beautiful soul with a contagious smile."

The Star Tribune notes that distracted driving and impairment will be part of the police investigation, with officers still awaiting blood test results from Hasser.

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