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Two teens die in early Sunday crash

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Friends and family are mourning Sunday, after an overnight crash claimed the lives of two Sioux Falls teenagers.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said it happened on the city's southwest side near Wall Lake along 463rd Ave.

The teenagers are 17-year-old Raphie Phan and 19-year-old Amanda Doty.

Friends of the two told KSFY News they were both graduates of Roosevelt High School.

Raphie finished up this past December and Amanda back in 2012.

Lee Kriens, a woman who lives near the scene of the accident, said this is a terrible situation, but one she is familiar with because she has heard accidents there before.

She added the angle of the road and the ditches on either side, make it a dangerous stretch of road, "When I was laying in bed I heard the car go by fast, sounded like a crotch rocket, and I think that guys not going to make the curve. And I just laid in bed and sure enough, a little while later the Highway Patrol went by."

The South Dakota Highway Patrol said Raphie Phan and his 19-year-old passenger, Amanda Rose Doty, lost control on the curve and were thrown from the car.

They were not wearing seatbelts and died at the scene.

"It's very scary when it's young kids. It's always young kids who are the ones getting hurt on this curve down here. I don't know if they think they're dispensable or I don't know what it is." Kriens said.

She told KSFY News people take that curve too fast and when they do, she can hear it, "It's marked that it's a curve and it's 40 MPH, but I don't know if people just don't pay attention to it. Especially if you've never driven it before. The ones who are used to driving it, we know it's there. We know what speed we're comfortable doing, but yeah it's a very dangerous corner."

For any drivers who are not familiar with the area, she warns them to be especially careful, as it has already proven to be deadly.

"Just watch the roads. Especially at night. We have lots of deer that hang out here, sometimes we have a cow that gets out on the road down here and there's raccoons."

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is still trying to figure out how Phan lost control.

They do know, the car went into the median and rolled.

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