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Crash kills one teen, injures four others

A 15-year-old from Erhard was killed, and four others injured, in a one-vehicle rollover on Vergas Trails Road south of Detroit Lakes last Wednesday.

Four of the five individuals in the vehicle were minors, according to a press release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

The 15-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital and later released, while the other two were brought to the hospital by private vehicle and treated for minor scrapes and bruises.

The crash occurred at about 2:44 a.m. on July 31, according to the sheriff’s report. The driver has been identified as 18-year-old Austen Kurt Lynnes of Pelican Rapids.

The sheriff’s office does not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The incident is still under investigation.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Perham Focus more than five years ago, and has since worn many hats as writer, editor and page designer. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their one-year-old son, Simon, and their yellow lab, Louisa. 

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