Superintendent, Highway Patrol update reporters Monday morning.
(Warren) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal Trumbull County crash that happened around 6:50AM Sunday. The accident in Warren left six teens dead and two others injured.
The crash happened on Pine Street SE, north of the intersection of Burton St. Sgt, Michael Holt of the Patrol says speed was a factor.
The vehicle, a 1998 Honda Passport containing eight persons, was traveling south on Pine Street. It went off the left side of the road and rolled over a guardrail. The vehicle then became submerged on its roof in a swamp.
Two of the occupants were able to escape from the vehicle and went to a nearby residence to call 911. Warren City Fire Department arrived on scene and removed five victims from inside the vehicle. A sixth victim was ejected during the crash and was located under the vehicle when it was being removed from the water.
All the victims were taken to St. Joseph’s and Trumbull Memorial Hospitals in Warren.
Injured in the crash were 18-year-old Brian Henry of Warren and 15-year-old Asher Lewis of Warren.
Deceased are: 19-year-old Alexis Cayson of Warren; 14-year-old Andrique Bennett of Warren; 15-year-old Kirklan M. Behner of Warren; 15-year-old Ray Daylan of Warren; 17-year-old Brandon A Murray of Warren, and, 15-year-old Ramone M. White of Warren.
The Patrol says Alexis was driving. Law enforcement officials said they are not prepared to say what caused the crash and would only say that there were five seatbelts in the car and eight passengers.
Michael Notar is the superintendent of the Warren City Schools. At a news conference Monday morning, Notar said Valley Counseling Services had been brought in to both Warren G. Harding High School and Willard Elementary School.
A VCS spokesman said they were providing counseling to students, teachers and staff and were also prepared to offer counseling to the first responders who arrived at the crash on Sunday night.
The mother of Kirlan Behner says the kids were all close friends and lived in the same neighborhood.
Deanna Behner tells Youngstown TV stations WKBNn and WYTV the teens all lived in the same area on Warren's east side. It's unclear where they were headed.
The crash remains under investigation by OSHP Warren, Ohio Investigative Unit, and the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office.
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