Police: 3 teens died in crash after trying to get girl's attention

The teenagers were returning to New Richmond, Wis., from Woodbury and authorities say they were trying to get the attention of a girl in another car that had passed them. The driver was searching a center console in the vehicle, authorities said. A fourth teen in the car survived the crash.
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Authorities have concluded from an investigation that distracted driving is likely the cause of a July 30 crash in western Wisconsin that killed three teenage boys, WCCO says.

The boys were trying to catch the eye of a girl in a car that had passed them on Interstate 94, the Star Tribune says. The 17-year-old driver was looking for a piece of paper in the center console, the newspaper reports. They were on their way to New Richmond, Wis., from Woodbury. A fourth teen in the car survived the crash.

Wisconsin State Patrol Commander Jeffery Frenette said the crash was a tragic chain of events, Fox 9 reports. He added that distracted driving or anything that robs driver attention can cause a crash that can forever change lives.

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