Minnesota teen killed, 3 others injured in rollover crash
A Burnsville, Minn., 17-year-old is dead and three other teenagers injured after the SUV they were in lost control, crossed into the median and flipped south of Rosemount on Wednesday night.
Passenger Ty G. Alyea, 17, was ejected and killed when the northbound Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control and flipped into the southbound lane on U.S. Highway 52 near 180th Street shortly before 10 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Also thrown from the SUV and seriously injured was passenger Cole A. Borchardt, 18, of Burnsville. Neither teen was wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.
Borchardt was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His exact condition was not known Thursday.
Tylan A. Procko, 17, and driver Matthew G. Berger, 17, suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Those two were wearing seat belts, the State Patrol said.
Alcohol was not detected on any of the SUV’s occupants, according to the State Patrol.
Borchardt was drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL after graduating from Burnsville High School last year, according to the Steel’s website.
The others were juniors last school year at Burnsville. Berger was a goalie with the hockey program. Procko played hockey for a community team, and Alyea was a high school football and baseball player.
Thursday morning, the Burnsville High School Baseball website’s home page read, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Alyea family."
The State Patrol on Thursday highlighted the crash and Alyea’s death as an example of why seat belts are important and urged motorists and passengers to wear them at all times.
"It’s not uncommon that we see passengers in the back seat not belted in, for whatever reason -- maybe there’s a greater feeling of safety," State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. "But this (accident) demonstrates that things happen very quickly and the best defense against any injury in a crash is to be wearing that seat belt."