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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
Lisa Williamson holds up a self-portrait of her son Brandon Murray, Monday, March 11, 2013, in Warren, Ohio.   (Tony Dejak)

(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.

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Mar 12, 2013 1:19 PM CDT
I would bet that the car was "stolen" from the parents of one of the kids. It wouldn't be the first time somebody got killed taking dad's car out for a joyride.
Mar 12, 2013 7:27 AM CDT
New cars can't be hot wired . Honda car keys have a computer chip which won't allow the car to travel more than two miles without shutting the engine down. So where did these kids get the key? Did the owner leave the keys in the car? Was the car left running outside a convenience store as many do? When did he report he car missing? Too many questions to answer.
Mar 11, 2013 10:55 PM CDT
BAN SUV'S NOW!! And all high performance sports cars! Why does the average citizen need an SUV? Look at all the senseless death caused by these vehicles, especially vehicles that are stolen. American society needs to go back to horse and carriage!