- Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2015

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Four teenagers who were in a pickup that crashed, killing two of them, had played a game with Nerf guns at school, but Dakota County sheriff’s officials said Friday they don’t yet know whether the game distracted the driver who lost control of the truck.

At a news conference, Sheriff Tim Leslie said investigators have not been able to talk to the 17-year-old driver because he is hospitalized in critical condition. Only one of the four teens was wearing a seat belt when the pickup rolled over in Dakota County Dec. 4, authorities said.

Johnny Price, 18, and Jake Flynn, 17, were killed after being thrown from the pickup, being driven by classmate after school. Officials said the teens were involved in a Nerf war game at school, then got into the truck together. Nerf guns were recovered at the scene, sheriff’s Capt. Jim Rogers said.

The fourth teen, 18-year-old Mason Kohlbeck, recovered from his injuries. Leslie said he’s back in school.

Nerf wars are battles between two or more players using the toy guns that fire foam bullets.

The Minnesota State Patrol continues to investigate the crash. Funerals for Price and Flynn were held this week.

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