MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Dakota County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday it is filing charges against a Burnsville teen in connection with a crash on Aug. 21, 2012, that killed two people and left two others hurt.
The boy, a 17-year-old, has been charged in juvenile court with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide involving gross negligence, one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide involving gross negligence resulting in substantial bodily harm and one count of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the incident. Frederick Jeffrey Alexander, 16, and Alesha Katherine Roehl, 17, both of Burnsville, were killed in the crash.
Police said a 16-year-old from Lakeville and a 17-year-old from Burnsville were also hurt in the crash.
The driver, who was not named because the case is in juvenile court, is accused of driving in a grossly negligent manner leading up to the crash. The accident happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2012, on Buck Hill Road. The Minnesota State Patrol determined after reconstructing the accident that the driver was traveling about 96 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone when the vehicle lost control, spun 180 degrees, hit a curb and rolled six or seven times down a hill and landing on the southbound lanes of I-35.
Alexander was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Roehl was also ejected from the vehicle and airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where she died that night. Three other passengers in the back of the car who were not wearing seat belts were ejected from the car. The driver and another passenger in the front of the car were wearing seat belts. That passenger told the driver to slow down before the crash happened, according to court documents.