Victims of fatal crash in North Dakota identified

Published 9:35 am Monday, May 19, 2014

HILLSBORO, N.D. — The Highway Patrol has identified two women who died in a weekend crash in eastern North Dakota.

Authorities said 23-year-old Mercedes Rowley, of Sharon, N.D., and 21-year-old Teja Beyer, of Red Lake Falls, were passengers in a car that went off a Traill County road Saturday night northeast of Hillsboro and rolled.

The women were thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 51-year-old James Yahnke, of Nielsville, was flown to a Fargo hospital with unspecified injuries. He was charged with driving under the influence.

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