Brunswick Teens Hit 69MPH Prior to Fatal Crash

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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An accident report released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on the crash that claimed the lives of four Brunswick High School teens indicates the vehicle was traveling 69 mph prior to the crash.

The 31 page report, which includes a complete crash reconstruction, indicates that the Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Jeff Chaya, 18, was traveling at 69 mph when it became airborne over the railway crossing along Boston Road.

The report also indicates that the vehicle reached a vertical height of 5.27 feet after take-off. The car traveled a distance of 89.98 feet before touching down on the roadway.

The speed limit posted at the time of the crash was 55 mph.

The speed limit along the Columbia Township road has since been reduced to 25 mph and flashing stop signs have been erected at the scene.

Classmates Lexi Poerner, 16, Blake Bartchak, 17, Kevin Fox, 18, and Chaya all died June 3rd in the early morning wreck. A fifth passenger, Julia Romita, 17, was injured in the crash.

Caution signs were put up at the rail road crossing days after the crash and plans are in place to have the incline grade on the road beneath the railroad crossing reduced.

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