- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities are looking at a “Nerf Wars” game as a possible factor in a pickup rollover in Lakeville that killed two teenagers and injured two others, a sheriff said Sunday.

The crash happened near Lakeville South High School shortly after classes were dismissed Friday afternoon. Two passengers- 17-year-old Jake Flynn and 18-year-old Johnny Price, both of Lakeville - died after being thrown from the pickup. Both were star athletes at the school.

A 17-year-old boy remained in critical condition Sunday at Hennepin County Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. An 18-year-old boy who was found wandering dazed after the crash was hospitalized and has since been released.

Investigators are looking into whether a game involving Nerf guns may have had something to do with the crash, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie told the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1RxKnLw ).

Nerf wars are battles between two or more players using the toy guns that fire foam bullets. Players can play as individuals or on teams, and players who are hit are declared out. The games can be played in backyards, indoors or wooded areas.

Authorities plan to examine the pickup on Monday. The search could turn up evidence of whether Nerf Wars was being played at the time, Leslie said, adding that “there are allegations that there are Nerf guns in the car. I don’t know that.”

The truck’s computer “brain” will tell investigators “how fast, when the brakes were touched” and other details about the pickup’s movements leading up to and during the crash, Leslie said.

“The truck is just destroyed,” the sheriff said. “It really, really took a tumble.”

A funeral for Flynn will be held Thursday in Lakeville. Price’s funeral is scheduled Tuesday in Minneapolis.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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