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Six Teens Killed in Ohio SUV Crash

7:05 PM, Mar 10, 2013   |    comments
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WARREN, Ohio (WKYC) - A sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers went off the road Sunday and landed in a pond, killing six teens and sending two to the hospital, Ohio highway police said.

A Honda Passport went off the side of the road, struck a guardrail and went airborne, just south of Warren, Ohio, nearly 60 miles east of Cleveland, in northeast Ohio.

Investigators say it came to rest in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth who was thrown from the SUV during the crash was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water.

The two survivors escaped and ran to a nearby home to call 911, the highway patrol said.

Police say speed contributed to the crash and that the SUV was traveling more than 70 mph when the driver lost control just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Killed in the crash were 19-year-old Alexis Cayson, Andrique Bennett, 14, Brandon Murray, 17, and Kirkland Behner, Daylan Ray, and Ramone White, all 15.

Brian Henry, 18, and Asher Lewis, 15, were the only survivors. They were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for bruising and other injuries and released, said Julie Gill, a nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. All of the victims are from Warren.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it's not believed that the eight people inside the vehicle were closely related.

Lt. Anne Ralston didn't know where the teens were headed.

Two of the teens, both 15, were brought to a hospital "in full cardiac arrest," Gill said, and were pronounced dead there. She said they were treated for hypothermic drowning trauma, indicating they had been submerged in cold water.

The highway patrol received the first call on the crash at 7:15 a.m., Ralston said. Divers helped the patrol.

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