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One of 3 teens in car dies in crash in SE. Minnesota

July 29, 2018 GMT

A car occupied by three 16-year-old girls veered off a southeastern Minnesota highway and crashed, killing one of the passengers, authorities said.

The wreck occurred about 6 p.m. Friday on Hwy. 76 at Scenic View Driver in Houston Township, according to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

The person killed was identified as Sophia A. Moe, of Winona, Minn. Moe was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.

“Tragically, a young teenage girl has died in that crash,” said Sheriff Mark Inglett. “Always drive with caution, and wear your seat belts. It is your best defense to surviving a crash.

Moe played on the Winona High School soccer team and was to be a junior this coming school year.

The other two in the car were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of noncritical injuries. Their identities have yet to be disclosed.

Authorities have yet to say why the driver lost control of her vehicle.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482