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Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Crash that Killed Two Women

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JUNE 26 UPDATE

A Minnesota man is now charged with vehicular homicide for the traffic deaths of two sisters north of Hillsboro last month.  James Yahnke of Nielsville was driving his girlfriend's car when he crashed.

The two sisters, 23-year-old Mercedes 
Rowley and 21-year-old Teja Beyer, were thrown from the vehicle when the car rolled.

The State Patrol determined Yahnke was going 94 miles per hour when he lost control of the car on a rough stretch of road. 
Yahnke was previously charged with DUI in the same incident. He is still recovering from his injuries and is not in custody. 

UPDATE

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says James Yahnke has been charged with DUI in a crash that killed Mercedes Rowley and Teja Beyer. The three were involved in a rollover crash on Traill county Road 17 near Hillsboro on Saturday night. Yahnke was taken by helicopter to Sanford Health in Fargo, where he is recovering. Rowley is a 23-year-old from Sharon and Beyer is 21 from Red Lake Falls.

ORIGINAL STORY

Two young women died in a car crash Saturday night. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a 21-year-old from Red Lake Falls, Minnesota and a 23-year-old from Sharon, North Dakota were both passengers in a 2014 Dodge Challenger that left the roadway on Traill County Road 17 last night. A 51-year-old man from Nielsville, Minnesota was driving the car when it hit a ditch, struck a driveway and began to roll. 

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Traill County Ambulance responded around 9:20 p.m. to County Road 17, west of the Minnesota line. That's about 12 miles northeast of Hillsboro. 

The two women were pronounced dead at the scene. It's not known whether they were wearing seatbelts.  
The driver was life-flighted to Sanford Health in Fargo.

He was wearing a seatbelt. Officers say the crash is under investigation and charges may be pending. Members of the ambulance service say they are grieving this loss, as each fatal accident they see takes a toll on them.

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