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

(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.

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)
This Sunday, March 10, 2013 photo shows a Honda Passport that crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a swampy pond Sunday morning in Warren, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tom Sheeran)
Leaman Joe, left, hugs Michael Parker, at the crash site that killed their friends on Park Ave. in Warren, Ohio on Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
Dominique Ellison, left, and Rickie Bowling, of Warren, bring stuffed animals to a memorial in honor of their friends who died in a car crash on Park Ave. in Warren, Ohio on Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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