WARREN, Ohio — State troopers say the driver of Sunday’s fatal crash in Warren did not have a license, and the Trumbull County Coroner has ruled that three of the passengers killed died by drowning.
Autopsies for the other three are being performed on Tuesday by coroner Humphrey Germaniuk.
The crash is believed to be the deadliest in Trumbull County history.
Toxicology reports will be completed in about a month.
According to the report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a passenger told troopers that it felt as if Cayson was driving around 80 miles per hour, in a 35-mile per hour zone.
The Trumbull County Coroner has ruled that all six victims died by drowning. Toxicology reports will be completed in about 8 weeks.
The six died after the Honda Passport they were riding in veered off Niles-Warren Road, hit a guardrail and plunged upside down into a pond. Two teens in the vehicle were able to escape.
The six that died include the driver, Alexis Cayson, 19, who is the mother of a 4-year-old.
The other passengers who did not survive are Kirklan Behner, 15, Daylan Ray, 15, Ramone White, 15, Andrique Bennett, 14, and Brandon Murray, 14.
The owner of the Honda Passport, Marquis Stephenson, of Youngstown, reported the car stolen Monday afternoon in Warren. According to his report, the vehicle was stolen from his sister’s home on N. Feederle sometime early Sunday.
Stephenson has not returned calls asking why he waited so long to report the vehicle stolen.
Sources have said Stephenson may have known the Caysons.
Meanwhile, families of the victims are now preparing to say their final goodbyes.
Alexis Cayson’s funeral is set for Friday and Brandon Murray’s is scheduled for Monday.
A fund has been established at Huntington Bank entitled “Gifts for our Children” to help families pay for funeral expenses.
Warren City Council President Bob Dean set up the account Monday morning.
Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank.