Cause Revealed in Fatal Car Accident of Two Hibbing Teens

By KBJR News 1

May 21, 2012 Updated May 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Authorities say speeding and driver distraction may be the cause of the fatal accident that killed two teens on Highway 5 near Toivola, MN back in April.

An investigation into the accident that killed Kelsey Perkins and Lindsey Gonzalez revealed that Perkins was the one driving the car at the time of the accident. Both of the girls were wearing seat belts. Alcohol was also ruled out as a factor in the crash.

Officers say the cause of the accident was due to speeding over the limit and driver inattention and inexperience. The investigation could not rule out whether or not an animal on the road could have also been a factor in the accident.

The cause of death for both girls was drowning.

Authorities say their investigation is nearing completion and hope that this tragic accident will remind all drivers to pay attention when they are on the road.

Perkins and Gonzaelz, both 17 years old, were killed in a car accident on Highway 5 back at the end of April when their car left the road and rolled into a creek.

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