- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis high school was in mourning after two students were killed and two others hurt in a pickup rollover.

Officials said 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, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1OEl1L2 ) reported.

Two other teenage boys were hurt but are expected to survive. One boy found walking near the site was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. A fourth teen, found in the vehicle, was airlifted to HCMC.

A witness to the crash was found Friday night, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie told The Associated Press. Leslie said investigators hoped to talk to the witness and the survivors Saturday.

One of the survivors was in critical condition Saturday at HCMC, said hospital spokeswoman Amy Lilja.

“This is an extremely difficult time for the district and the Lakeville Area community,” a statement from the school read. “We will be providing support and counselors as long as needed.”

The school provided grief counselors in its auditorium Friday evening. Lakeville South canceled all after-school activities Friday, including a varsity boys basketball game and a girls basketball game. Weekend activities also were canceled.

Lakeville North will still hold events Saturday, “but students who do not feel able to take part will be excused,” said Amy Olson, a school district spokeswoman.

Flynn, a junior, and Price, a senior, were star athletes at the school and poised for college scholarships, head football coach Larry Thompson said.

Flynn, recently voted varsity football captain by his teammates, was in the weight room Friday before school, the coach said. “He’d always have a big smile on his face. He was a fine young man,” Thompson said.

Price had played for Thompson for two years and also was a talented baseball player for Lakeville South, as well as a member of the Minnesota Blizzard Elite, a traveling baseball league.

Students from both Lakeville high schools joined prayer groups in South’s auditorium Friday, sharing stories about the boys.

Lakeville Mayor Matt Little said it’s “one of those things where you feel pretty helpless.”


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

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