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No. 3 Story of the Year: Second Teen Dies After Fatal Crash on I-35W

Fatal car crashes, big business developments and some weird, weird weather. Patch looks back at the Top 5 stories of 2012.

Editor's Note: As the New Year approaches, Burnsville Patch will review the Top 10 most significant stories of 2012, in terms of total pageviews and impact to the community. Disagree with our assessment, or have other stories you think should've made the Top 10? Please post your feedback or thoughts in the comment stream below. And be sure to check back tomorrow to see the next story in our New Year's countdown.

#3: Second Teen Dies After Fatal Crash on I-35W

On e of the most heartrending stories of the year occurred in August, when two local teens died after a rollover accident that began on Buck Hill Road and ended in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35W.

At the time, Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol reported that the vehicle was headed southbound on Buck Hill Road before the driver lost control. The car rolled down an embankment several times, ejecting two people, and landed on the freeway.

There were five people riding in the vehicle, a 1992 Toyota Camry. The crash killed Frederick J. Alexander, 16, of Burnsville and Alesha Roehl, 17, of Burnsville, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Two other passengers suffered only minor injuries. They were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Camry was treated for minor injuries at Burnsville's Fairview Ridges Hospital.

See all coverage connected to this story:

  • Second Teen Dies After Fatal Crash on I-35W
  • Passengers in Tuesday's Fatal Crash Identified

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