UPDATED: Northfield Teen Killed in Car Crash

Alesha K. Roehl, 17, of Northfield died after the car she was riding in rolled over Tuesday in Burnsville, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Editor's note: An obituary is now posted for .

UPDATED: 9:20 p.m. Tuesday

Alesha K. Roehl, 17, of Northfield died after the car she was in rolled over Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 35 in Burnsville, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Roehl and Frederick J. Alexander, 16, of Burnsville, who died at the scene, were both ejected from the vehicle. Roehl was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center and later died Tuesday evening, according to the State Patrol.

Roehl and Alexander were not wearing their seat belts, reports the State Patrol. Alcohol was not detected in either of their systems.

Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol reported that five teenagers were in the vehicle. The names of the three other teenagers have not been released. A 17-year-old Lakeville boy was the driver. He and two 16-year-old male passengers received minor injuries in the crash, according to KARE 11. It's unknown at this time if any of the three boys were wearing their seat belts.

Roeske reported that the vehicle, a 1992 Toyota Camry, was headed southbound on Buck Hill Road before it rolled onto I-35. KSTP reports that investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash. 

The State Patrol, which earlier Tuesday afternoon had names of some of the victims on its online report, had quickly removed the information about any passengers and the driver until just before 8 p.m.

KARE 11's Rena Sarigianopoulos is reporting all five teenagers were students at Lakeville South High School.

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Emily August 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Duh it's the law however you do have a right over your own body and the RIGHT to choose weather you wear your seatbelt or not. Weather or not it's law is irrelevent.
Haley August 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Just remember, Emily, if you choose not to buckle up, you may pay a just fine or with your life.......
sam jasper August 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I miss my angels all of lakeville is devistated
Emily Johnson August 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Wrong, Emily. You do not have the "right" to violate the law and not wear your seatbelt. Your control over what happens to your body does not extend to breaking the law. If you have a driver's license, you need to re-read the MN driver's manual, because you'd flunk if you took a test.
Jim Slattery May 01, 2013 at 05:06 AM
It breaks my heart to hear of anyone dying, i have a teen that is in drivers training right now and he knows that I would have died on my 14th birthday in a car accident if I wasn't wearing my seat belt. My love to the families of these kids. I couldn't even imagine. Please wear your seat belt, its not hard to do, it is easy to die in an accident if you are not wearing one.


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