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Minnesota trooper charged in Rochester crash that killed 18-year-old student

ROCHESTER - Criminal charges were filed Tuesday against the state trooper involved in a three-vehicle crash in May that killed an 18-year-old high school student just days ahead of her graduation party.

Trooper Shane Roper was charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide related to the death of the victim, Olivia Flores of Owatonna. The Olmsted County Attorney's Office also filed charges of criminal vehicle operation against Roper related to five other people who were seriously injured in the crash.

An investigation by the Rochester Police Department revealed Roper was traveling at 83 miles per hour with his lights and siren off when he approached a busy intersection near the Apache Mall. The trooper's car slammed into the passenger side of a car occupied by Flores, who died as a result of blunt force injuries.


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