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By Aubrey Helms

Charges filed in crash that killed three students


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- It's been nearly 6 months since a crash that claimed the lives of three young girls and severely injured another.

A 17 year old at the wheel of the other vehicle involved is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

The juvenile is facing three counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm.

He is being held accountable for the accident that killed Shauna Ruhoff, 16, Morgan Zeller, 13, and Katie Hornberg, 14.

Winona County Attorney Tom Frost says the office will work to move the trial to adult court as evidence emerged of racing activity taking place between the two drivers.

Frost issued a statement early Monday.

It reads, "This is a very serious matter. Our office carefully reviewed the evidence gathered by the law enforcement agencies and reviewed the applicable law. Under the law and the evidence we expect to prove in trial, these are the appropriate charges. The evidence shows the two drivers were engaged in racing activity immediately prior to the crash."

Now, Lewiston-Altura students are left with the harsh reality of three lives cut much too short.

Lewiston-Altura freshman, Bryce Lange, says,"Pretty much how simple life can be lost and much I value mine and others'."

But as students get behind the wheel, lives may be saved as they realize how fragile life is.

Lange says, "I'm much more cautious when I'm in or near cars.


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