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UPDATE: Teens ID'ed in fatal Struthers minivan accident

Published: Mon, June 11, 2012 @ 1:48 p.m.

STRUTHERS - Police have identified the teenager and five others injured in a minvan crash Sunday night here.

Police said Tyrell D. Freeman, 18, of Penhale Avenue, Campbell, was a passenger who died in the accident.

The others and their conditions as of late this morning were Robert A. Thompkins, 18, of Notre Dame Drive, Campbell, who was the driver, and who was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center and released; George E. LeFlore Jr., 17, of West Chalmers Avenue, Youngstown, fair condition; LaVail R. LeFlore, 16, of West Chalmers Avenue, critical condition; Gerald L. Ruffrin Jr., 21, of Chalmers Avenue, Youngstown, fair condiition; and Aaron M. Page, 18, of Chatham Lane, Youngstown, fair condition.

Police said all six were taken to either St. Elizabeth's in Youngstown or to the hospital's Boardman campus for treatment.

Police said the accident happened at 10:47 p.m. Sunday when the van driver lost control on Bridge Street when it turned a bend and apparently clipped the curb causing the vehicle to flip over at least three times, ending up on Highland Avenue near Frank Street.


1UNCOMMONSENSE(601 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

TRAGIC! Speed kills, please slow down.

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2binx(81 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

People fly along that road both up and down the hill. That bend is dangerous and people need to slow down, there are homes along there, rather close to the road too, so situations like this are going to harm more people than those in a car. At least once or twice a year there is an accident, more often than not, they hit the trees. So sad though with this situation, thoughts to the families involved.

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3doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

6 teenagers out late at night with an obviously inexperienced driver adds up to trouble.What are parents if they have any thinking?

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4foreverarocket(3 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

doowoptokidrock---- there is a teenager dead and more hurt.... dont be ignorant with your words. It is summer, school is out, teenagers will be out late. This is a terrible thing that has happened and my heart goes out to the families!

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5binx(81 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Channel 33 News reported that the boys were heading to Niles to play basketball after attending to St. Joe's Festival in Campbell... 11pm to play bball, must be pretty serious ballers.

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6bbeeson64(4 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If I had to guess the kids were probably going to Masso to play basketball. My son included has been there with more of their classmates while supervised with an adult. Furthermore, the one kid was with his brother and the others were above 18. Lets not try to scandalize a tragic event and pray for all of the families involved. Tyrel had a young son who he cared for. Pray for him and his girlfriend Sheyla and their families.

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7amgardner(3 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

My brother was one of the young men involved in this accident and I have known the young man that passed since he was in middle school. doowoptokidrock--you don't know the situation. My mother is a responsible parent who told me brother that he could go out with his friends. She knew his whereabouts and who he was with. This is a tragic event and no one needs you making these ignorant comments. Keep these young men in your prayers as they recover and have to say goodbye to a friend. Keep all the families involved in your prayers and know the facts before you make an assumption about someone.

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8whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

R.I.P...... The Good Lord will give, and the Good Lord will take away. Prayers for the families at this time of need..

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