3 in stolen vehicle die in crash while fleeing officers

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Three people in a stolen vehicle died after the driver sped away from police, officers pursued and the vehicle crashed in Minneapolis early Monday, according to police.

They were 13- to 16-years-old, relatives told local television stations.

Officers saw a vehicle, which was stolen with force during a carjacking Sunday morning, about 1:45 a.m. in the area of Dowling and Logan avenues.

They tried to pull the vehicle over, but “the driver attempted to elude the officers and fled at a high rate of speed,” police said in a statement. “During this pursuit, the suspect vehicle got substantially ahead of the pursuing squads.”

Officers saw the driver lose control of the vehicle about 2 miles away, in the area of Emerson and 18th avenues, and the vehicle rolled. Three people in the vehicle died in the single-vehicle crash.

Minneapolis police asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to conduct an independent investigation. The BCA said Monday afternoon the investigation was “in the very early stages” and the Minnesota State Patrol is reconstructing the crash.

“The BCA will review dash camera footage to determine how much of the incident was recorded and conduct interviews with officers involved in the pursuit and any witnesses,” the agency said in its statement.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office will release information on those who died after preliminary autopsies and family notifications have been completed.

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