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Farmington teen dies in crash

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Farmington, 55024
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Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Kendra McGinnis was trying to leave Darah Robertson a message when she learned her friend was dead.

Robertson, a 2007 graduate of Farmington High School, was headed south on Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley around 3 a.m. June 7 when she was hit by a 59-year-old man westbound on County Road 42. The collision pushed Robertson's car into a third car, also headed south. Neither the man nor the driver of a third car involved in the accident was seriously injured. Preliminary reports suggest Robertson had a green light.

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McGinnis, who has known Robertson since middle school and graduated with her last year, was trying to leave a note on Robertson's Facebook page when she saw the messages of grief and disbelief left by dozens of Robertson's other friends.

"I just found all these good byes and everything," McGinnis said. "When I first saw the Facebook (pages) I thought it was just a prank, but it turns out it wasn't."

McGinnis was close friends with Robertson during their sophomore and junior years at Farmington High School. They weren't as close in their senior year, she said, but they kept in touch. McGinnis took behind-the-wheel driver's training from Robertson's mother.

McGinnis remembers Robertson as funny, outgoing and caring -- the kind of person who would make friends with anyone.

McGinnis said Robertson was always on the move and looking for something fun to do -- from riding four-wheelers to shopping to attending bonfires.

"There was not a dull moment, ever," McGinnis said. "She was just very adventurous. She liked to dirtbike and four-wheel.

"She was funny. Outgoing. She wasn't afraid to take chances."

Robertson was on the way home after giving a ride to a friend who had been drinking when she was hit.

Robertson's death prompted a flood of messages to her MySpace.com page. Friends and family remembered enthusiastic greetings, good times in school and other memories. Several said they planned to get tattoos in her memory.

There is a visitation for Robertson scheduled from 4 to 9 p.m. June 11 at White Funeral Home in Farmington. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. June 12 at St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Apple Valley police captain Michael Marben said there was no rain at the time of the accidents but streets were wet from earlier rainfall. There were no obvious signs alcohol was involved but police are waiting for toxicology reports before making any definitive determination.

Police will not know until their investigation is complete whether any charges will be filed in connection with the accident, but he said charges of some kind are likely.

"I think in all likelihood, yes, the reports would be presented to either the city attorney and all likelihood the county attorney," Marben said.

It would be up to the attorney's office to decide whether charges are warranted.

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