No charges will be filed after two Minnesota high school students were killed in a tragic car accident while playing a game called “nerf war.”
While officials said kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal vehicular homicide charges were considered following the December 2015 crash, prosecutors announced Friday they decided not to charge to the surviving students, NBC affiliate KARE 11 reports.
Jacob Christian Flynn, 17, and John Ashton Price, 18, were killed in the crash. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and a passenger, the only one wearing a seatbelt, suffered only minor injuries.
The rollover reportedly happened while the four students were playing a game after school called Nerf War. In the game, students are “kidnapped,” taken to another location and ultimately shot with a nerf dart.
On the day of the tragic accident, Flynn had been kidnapped by the three other students and was in the back seat of a 2005 Toyota pickup.
Witnesses say two of Flynn’s friends followed in the truck, but soon gave up pursuit, KARE reported. Shortly after, motorists reported seeing the vehicle swerve back and forth between lanes before rolling over.
The passenger who survived the crash, reportedly told police that at one point, Price jumped to the front seat and may have struggled with the driver over a nerf gun.
Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom said “games such as Nerf War have no place in a moving motor vehicle,” KARE reported. He called the crash a “preventable accident.”