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Altura car crash hearing extended


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- An initial hearing took place Tuesday afternoon for a 17-year-old who is being charged in the fatal car crash that killed three students from Lewiston-Altura High School back in April.

Both parties did agree to extend the hearing for probable cause to December 7, 2010.

This will determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed in the hearing.

The teen male is being charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operating resulting in great bodily harm.

The crash instantly killed 16-year-old Shauna Ruhoff, 14-year-old Katie Hornberg and 13-year-old Morgan Zeller. The fourth passenger, 12-year-old Cydney Maker, survived.

According to Winona County Attorney Tom Frost, evidence shows that the male was engaged in racing with driver Ruhoff just outside of Altura immediately prior to the crash.

Both parties also agreed to extend the date that will determine if the 17-year-old will be certified as an adult even though the petition was filed in juvenile court.

That has been scheduled for January 7, 2011.

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