UPDATE: State patrol IDs victims of crash that killed 6 teens
State patrol IDs victims of crash that killed 6 teens
Six teens ages 14 to 19 were killed and two other people were injured during a single-car accident on Pine Avenue Southeast about a mile south of downtown Warren at 7:15 a.m. today.
The 1998 Honda Passport sport-utility vehicle was southbound on Pine when it veered left, hitting a guardrail and ending up over the guardrail in a small pond on the east side of the road.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol identified those killed as Andrique Bennett, 14, Kirklan M. Behner, 15, Daylan Ray, 15, Ramone M. White, 15, Brandon A. Murray, 17, and Alexis Cayson, 19, all of Warren. The two injured were Brian K. Henry, 18, and a 15-year-old. Both were from Warren as well.
After hitting and rolling over the guardrail, the SUV was submerged on its roof in the water, the OSHP said. The two injured were able to escape before heading to a nearby residence to call 911. The Warren City Fire Department removed five victims from inside the vehicle. The sixth victim was ejected during the crash and was located under the roof when the vehicle was removed from the water.
Warren City Schools confirmed in a press release that two of those killed were students at the Willard K-8 school, two were students at Warren G. Harding High School and one was a former student in the district.
The accident was just north of Burton Street and across the street from the former RG Steel mill near the Warren-Howland Township line.
The patrol had the road closed until 11:30 a.m.
The Trumbull County Dive Team assisted the highway patrol, and a patrol reconstruction team was called in.
Markings on the guard rail and on the pavement showed that the vehicle veered left about 50 feet south of the first place it hit the guardrail. The vehicle entered the creek about 100 feet or more further south of the impact with the guardrail.
Shoes, a hat and other items could be seen in the water and on the bank just off of the street, apparently some of the items that came from the vehicle.
Aaron Schwab, communications coordinator at Warren City Schools, said there will be licensed counselors at Warren G. Harding and the Willard K-8 building Monday morning to provide support for grieving staff and students. Schwab said there will be a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday at the district’s administration building to answer questions and provide an update.