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Suspect in court on Hillsboro crash

A Nielsville, Minn., charged in the deaths of two sisters in a high-speed crash north of Hillsboro, N.D., has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. James G. Yahnke, 51, faces two counts of vehicular homicide and also a count of driving under...

 

A Nielsville, Minn., charged in the deaths of two sisters in a high-speed crash north of Hillsboro, N.D., has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

James G. Yahnke, 51, faces two counts of vehicular homicide and also a count of driving under the influence in the same incident.

His passengers were sisters Mercedes Rowley, 23, Sharon, N.D., and Teja Beyer, 21, Red Lake Falls, Minn. They were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The state Highway Patrol reported that Yahnke was going about 94 mph.

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He’s scheduled to appear in court again in October.

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