Burnsville teen pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in crash near Buck Hill

An 18-year-old Burnsville male pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court on Sept. 10 to two felony criminal vehicular homicide charges (involving gross negligence) along with two other counts stemming from his actions as the driver in a one-vehicle rollover crash that killed two teenage passengers and injured two others.

The male was 17 when he was charged in juvenile court after the Aug. 21, 2012, crash. The other charges he pleaded guilty to were felony criminal vehicular operation (involving gross negligence resulting in substantial bodily harm), and gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation (involving gross negligence resulting in bodily harm).

He will be sentenced Sept. 23 in Hastings.

Killed in the crash were Frederick Jeffrey Alexander, 16, and Alesha Katherine Roehl, 17, both of Burnsville and students at the Area Learning Center in Lakeville.  Also injured were a 16-year-old resident of Lakeville and a 17-year-old resident of Burnsville.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said the case was filed under Minnesota’s extended juvenile jurisdiction statute which provides for a stayed adult prison sentence and extends the juvenile court’s jurisdiction over the case until the individual convicted of the crimes reaches age 21.

“We are pleased that the driver accepted responsibility for his dangerous behavior,” Backstrom said.