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Published April 13, 2012, 09:58 AM

Teen fatally injured after car tire goes flat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 19-year-old Congolese native who immigrated to Minnesota last year has died after he tried to get out of his moving car when it blew a tire.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 19-year-old Congolese native who immigrated to Minnesota last year has died after he tried to get out of his moving car when it blew a tire.

The Minnesota State Patrol says Medard Prosper of St. Paul was driving east on the Mendota Bridge around 5:30 p.m. Thursday when a tire blew on his 1998 Nissan Maxima.

The patrol says Prosper tried to get out but his foot got caught. He fell into the traffic lane and was run over by his car.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/ItIM6R) reports Prosper lost both of his parents during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and three of his siblings died of malnutrition and disease. He attended St. Paul Highland Park High School and was awarded a college scholarship last November.

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