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Forum staff reports, Published October 17 2010

17-year-old male killed in Saturday morning car crash identified

A 17-year-old Fargo boy was killed early Saturday morning when the car he was riding in slid and crashed into a tree.

The victim was identified as Tyler S. Tweten, who was a junior at Fargo South High School.

“It’s a tragedy situation,” said South Principal Todd Bertsch.

The principal also said grief counseling will be available for students and staff.

Police, who are investigating to determine whether alcohol, distraction or the driver’s lack of experience contributed to the accident, gave this account of the deadly mishap:

The car, carrying three male passengers and driven by an unidentified 16-year-old girl, was northbound on Seventh Street and tried to turn left onto 11th Avenue North when it slid into a tree at 1:08 a.m.

The driver and two male passengers – Tweten and an 18-year-old – were taken to Sanford Hospital, where Tweten died from his injuries.

The unidentified 18-year-old was held at Sanford. No information about his condition was available.

A third male passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old, fled the scene, but police tracked him down, and his mother brought him to Sanford, but he did not have any apparent injuries, according to police.

“The only one I’m aware as being a South student is Tyler,” Bertsch said.

Tweten’s funeral arrangements are pending with Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.

Police haven’t said whether any arrests have been made in connection with the crash.

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