SUV in Fatal Ohio Crash Was Stolen: Owner

None of the teens wore seat belts, investigators say

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 11, 2013 5:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – The owner of an SUV that flipped into a pond with a load of teens in Ohio says the vehicle had been stolen. Six teens died in the crash yesterday morning in the Ohio city of Warren, while two others managed to escape from the wreckage. The State Highway Patrol says the sport utility vehicle's owner met with police today and filed a theft report, saying it was stolen in the city.

State police earlier had said that no one in the group had permission to take the vehicle. Investigators also now say that none of the teens were wearing seat belts. The dead were 14 to 19 years old. Authorities said the SUV was speeding when it hit a guardrail. Click for more.

Lisa Williamson holds up a self-portrait of her son Brandon Murray, Monday, March 11, 2013, in Warren, Ohio.   (Tony Dejak)
This undated photo provided by the Murray family, Monday, March 11, 2013, shows Brandon Murray.   (uncredited)
A note rests on a memorial where six teens died early Sunday in Warren, Ohio, on Monday, March 11, 2013.   (Tony Dejak)
Andre Bennett Sr. talks about his son Andrique Bennett, 14, at his home Monday, March 11, 2013, in Warren, Ohio.   (Tony Dejak)
Shannon Whetstone reads notes left at the scene where six teens died early Sunday in Warren, Ohio, on Monday, March 11, 2013.   (Tony Dejak)
This Monday, March 11, 2013 photo in Southington, Ohio shows the interior of a vehicle where six people died in a crash early Sunday in Warren, Ohio.   (Tony Dejak)
Mariah Bryant cries as she visits the crash site that killed her half-brother, Daylan Ray, early in the morning on Park Avenue in Warren, Ohio, Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (Scott R. Galvin)
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