WARREN, Ohio –Six teens were killed in the deadliest accident in Trumbull County history Sunday. Grief counselors will be available at two schools in the Warren City School District following the accident.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victims who did not survive are:
- Alexis Cayson, 19
- Andrique Bennett, 14
- Kirklan M. Behner, 15
- Daylan Ray, 15,
- Brandon A. Murray, 14
- Ramone M. White, 15
Injured in the accident were Brian K. Henry, 18, and Asher C. Lewis, 15. They were treated and released from the hospital.
All of the victims are from Warren.
The group was riding in a Honda Passport around 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, headed south on Pine Street, when the vehicle went off the left side of the road, hit and rolled over a guardrail and landed in a swamp on its roof.
Two people climbed out of the vehicle and went to a nearby home to call for help.
A dive team was on the scene within two minutes. It took 15 minutes to recover the occupants.
Five victims were still inside the car. One had been ejected.
Alexis Cayson was identified as the driver.
Of the victims who did not survive the crash, three were Warren G. Harding High School students, two were eighth graders at Willard K-8 School and one was a former student at Warren City Schools.
A licensed counselor will be available in each of Willard’s eighth grade classrooms on Monday to provide support.
Counselors will also be available for students who are not in eighth grade.
Counselors and school liaisons will be available at Warren G. Harding High School on Monday.
“It’s going to be a rough week. It’s going to be a rough rest of the school year,”
said Michael Notar, the superintendent for Warren City Schools. “Unfortunately, we’ve gone through some tragedies in the past … and we’ve pulled together as a family and as a city.”
The Warren Police Department said the vehicle involved in the accident was registered out of Youngstown. Officials are trying to confirm if it was taken without permission.
Some people in the car were wearing seat belts, others were not, officials said.
Police believe the car was overcrowded. Speed was also a factor in the crash.
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin was at the scene on Sunday morning and called it one of the worst tragedies the city has seen in recent years.
“It’s very emotional,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”
Franklin said he met with many family members at the hospitals.
Toxicology reports were pending.
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