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Warren in Mourning: New Details on Deadly Crash

WARREN, Ohio– One day after the deadliest car accident in Trumbull County history, the city of Warren comes together to help those grieving.

8 teens were 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.

6 people were killed, 2 others were injured in the accident.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victims who did not survive are:

  • Alexis Cayson, 19
  • Kirklan M. Behner, 15
  • Daylan Ray, 15,
  • Ramone M. White, 15
  • Andrique Bennett, 14
  • Brandon A. Murray, 14

The Ohio State Patrol, Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, Warren City School Superintendent Michael NotarĀ and grief counselors with Valley Counseling held a news conference Monday morning addressing their plan to help the community and the latest on their investigation.

Lt.Brian Holt with Ohio State Patrol said Monday morning that the two survivors broke out a window in the car and swam to safety. Brian K. Henry, 18, and Asher C. Lewis, 15 then ran to a nearby home and called 9-1-1. Lt.Holt says the Warren Fire Department was on scene within minutes of getting the call.

Both Henry and Lewis have been treated and released from the hospital.

According to Lt.Holt the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The posted speed limit is 35 mph in that area. Some of the passengers were wearing their seat belts.

Autopsies on the 6 victims are expected to be done today. Investigators say once the results are finished they will reveal toxicology reports.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin has been meeting with the families of the victims since Sunday morning. He told reporters during Monday’s news conference he plans to be with the families today as well.

Mayor Franklin said, “We are a community that celebrates our victories together. We are also a community that pulls together during times like this.”

He went on to say that he has been flooded with calls from citizens asking how they can help. Mayor Franklin is encouraging everyone to pray for those families who lost their loved ones.

Grief counselors have been on hand at Warren G. Harding school and Willard K-8 School since this morning offering support to students and staff members.

Valley Counseling Services says if anyone needs additional counseling or support in coping with this accident, please call 211.

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Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:26 am

The news conference has ended.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:25 am

Lt. Brian Holt: The survivors have been treated and released. They are cooperating with us in our investigation

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:20 am

Lt. Brian Holt: This is the most lost of life in any traffic crash in the state of Ohio in the past three years.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:18 am

Doug Franklin, Mayor of Warren- I want to thank our first responders. They did a great job. I really appreciate Valley Counseling for making their services available to everyone. We had some young divers who were shook up. They are going to need all the support as well. I have spent yesterday and today with the families. I will be spending most of the day trying to comfort those families. . We are a community that celebrates our victories together. We are also a community that pulls together during times like this. I have been flooded with calls from citizens asking how they can help. I have said they can pray for those families.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:15 am

Counseling Service: There are currently counselors at Warren G Harding High School and Willard. We are offering counselors to students and staff. We can also provide stress relief services to our first responders. So far, things are going well at both schools. Our kids are grieving as expected. To any family members out there, please call 2-1-1 to get them additional counseling support.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:13 am

Lt.Brian Holt with OSP: The water in the pond was approx 4-5 feet deep. With the vehicle upside down, it was enough to submerge the vehicle.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:12 am

Lt. Brian Holt with OSP: The Warren Fire Department were on scene within minutes of getting the call. The two survivors broke out a window in the car and swam to safety. They then ran to a nearby home and called 9-1-1.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:09 am

Lt.Brian Holt with OSP: weather was NOT a factor in the accident. The owner of the vehicle was not related to anyone in the crash. The vehicle has not been reported as missing. No one had permission to use the vehicle.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:07 am

Lt. Brian Holt with OSP: I want to make one correction from yesterday’s update. Brandon Murray is 14, not 17. We apologize to the family for any inconvenience. Toxicology is still pending. We want to make sure that information is released before we make any conclusions.
The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The posted speed limit is 35 mph in that area. There was some seat belt usage. There were 8 people in the vehicle, in a 5 passenger vehicle.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:05 am

LT. Brian Holt with OSP: The last 24 hours have been difficult to say the least. My heart goes out to the family of the victims. I also want to start by thanking the people in the medical field and law enforcement who have reached out and given us more resources than we could ask for.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:04 am

Grief counselors will be on hand for students to talk to.

Jessica Bates March 11, 201310:03 am

A news conference is underway right now addressing the deadly crash in Warren. School officials have laid out their plan for students.