6 Teens Killed in Ohio Crash
SUV was carrying 8 when it overturned into swamp
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
Carol Trimble of Warren, a family member of the victims, views the pond along Pine Avenue SE in Warren, Ohio where police say six teens were killed in the crash, Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Tribune Chronicle, R. Michael Semple)

(Newser) – A horrific crash in Ohio yesterday left six teenagers dead, and investigators say high speed was a key factor. Eight teens ages 14 through 19 were in the SUV when it veered off a two-lane road in Warren around 7am, hit the guardrail and overturned, sinking upside down in a swampy pond. Five victims including the driver, the only female in the car, were trapped inside; a sixth was thrown from the vehicle but ended up underneath it. The two survivors escaped from the SUV and ran to call 911.

Authorities won't speculate on whether alcohol or drugs were a factor, the AP reports, and there is no word on where the teens were going or how long they had been out. One parent says he knew his 15-year-old son was out with friends, but didn't know what they were doing. Oddly, no one in the SUV had permission to be driving it; it was licensed to a resident living about 20 miles away, but no theft had been reported. The sister of the driver tells WKBN that 19-year-old Alexis Cayson leaves behind a 4-year-old son.

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Mar 11, 2013 8:07 PM CDT
Thanks for the correction, @newser-c5b2a14b88d8281118a9c8fa8c851523:disqus . You are right that the vehicle has now been reported stolen. That information was not yet published on local websites when I wrote my post. And it looks like your suspicion of "legal maneuvering to protect themselves" fits, since it wasn't reported stolen until 24+ hrs after the crash. Also, the "hate" I referred to was only partly w/r/t the "stolen" vehicle. There are plenty of nasty, judgemental, and irrelevant comments about this woman being a mother at such a young age. Sorry I didn't make that clear.
Mar 11, 2013 6:09 PM CDT
@mehrheit:disqus There is little to support the conclusion that the vehicle was stolen except for the fact that the owner of the vehicle filed a police report stating that the vehicle was stolen. This may or may not be legal maneuvering to protect themselves from recourse, only time will tell. Hate has nothing to do with this just as finding all of the facts seems to have nothing to do with your post. Stop feeding the trolls.
Mar 11, 2013 3:59 PM CDT
There is little to support the conclusion that the vehicle was stolen. People are making an assumption based on the comments of an officer with the state hwy patrol and their own internet-expert opinions. What the officer actually said, in very early reports, was that none of the kids had ''express'' permission to be in possession of the vehicle, which IMO likely means that they weren't listed as authorized drivers with the insurance co. The SUV was not reported stolen, and it may well have been lent to Ms. Cayson or some other benign explanation. The only certainty so far is that she was speeding. I'm sure none of you would ever do that, right? But hey, it's more fun to toss invective around than to show compassion or understanding. And who am I to stand in your way. Let the hate resume.