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School officials in a southern Twin Cities suburb have identified the victim of a weekend car crash as a sophomore student at Lakeville North High School.

Lakeville North Principal Kim Budde shared the tragic news with the parents of other Lakeville North students through an email message on Sunday.

“With deep sadness, we are writing to share some difficult news. We have been notified by law enforcement that Sydney Kohner, a sophomore student at our school passed away as a result of a single-vehicle crash that occurred yesterday in Burnsville. Our hearts are with the Kohner family. We know that this is an incredibly challenging time for our students, staff, and community. Please know we are here to support our students and encourage you to use the established grief and mental health supports below to help your child cope with this loss.”

Principal Budde indicated grief support through school counselors, psychologists, and social workers would be made available to Lakeville North students at the high school.

A news release issued by the Burnsville Police Department says the teenager was in a car that left a road and smashed into a vehicle ramp at a US Postal Service facility located near the Burnsville Center shopping mall. Burnsville police say two other occupants of the vehicle were severely injured in the crash and were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center. Their names have not been released.


The news release says Burnsville Police officers had responded to a noise complaint from a nearby hotel just before the crash occurred early Saturday morning. Three teenagers were seen getting into a car and speeding away from the hotel, and Burnsville police indicated they believed it was the same vehicle that was involved in the deadly crash.

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