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. (Read more fatal accident stories.)