Lakeville teen who killed three in crash semi-conscious

Image courtesy of pacomexico on Flickr
Image courtesy of pacomexico on Flickr

Police have still not interviewed the 17-year-old boy who allegedly drove the pickup that crashed into a car carrying three generations of a Lakeville family on Saturday. The boy has been conscious only part of the time, reports the Pioneer Press.

Police say the teenager crossed the centerline of County Road 50 at about 6:30 Saturday and hit the other vehicle head-on. The three occupants of the vehicle he struck all died: Debra Buhmann, 34, her 71-year-old mother, Shirley Iverson, and Buhmann's 8-year-old niece, Alexis Ferkle. The trio had been Christmas shopping.

Witnesses have said that the teen's pickup did not have its lights on, and there has been speculation that he was texting or talking on the phone. Police say they do not believe alcohol was involved. But until police investigators speak with him about the crash, it's unclear what happened. While the boy's name has not been released, details about him are emerging.

From the Pioneer Press:

The teen, who police say crossed the centerline on County Road 50 about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, was a student at Christian Life School in Farmington.

The school administrator and associate pastor, the Rev. Darin Kindle, said students at the close-knit school were "deeply concerned" for their classmate, who police said is from Dundas, Minn.

"It's something that's going to affect him for the rest of his life," Kindle said. "As members of the community, we want to do everything we can to support both families in this tragedy."

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