Crash Survivor: “I Wanted to Give Up, But I Couldn’t”

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WARREN, Ohio– One of two survivors of Trumbull County’s deadliest car accident that killed six teenagers said that after the car landed upside down in the pond, some of the kids trapped inside the car said they knew they were going to die.

Brian Henry, 18, said he was getting a ride home from the driver around 6:30 a.m.  Sunday.

Henry said when they approached the curve in the road, for some reason, the driver, 19-year-old Alexis Cayson, sped up.

"So we get around Buckeye Curve, almost home. She sped up. I don't know if she lost control, she jerked, or how fast she was going but she lost control," Henry said.

The car then crashed into a pond.

"The water was so cold it woke me up, and all I remember is everybody in the car talking about death," Henry said, “Everybody was talking about ‘We about to die, we about to die.’ When I heard that, I wanted to give up, but I couldn’t.”

One of the other teens in the car urged Henry to break the car window.

“My friend Andrique was like, ‘Bust the window BZ,’ they call me BZ, all I heard was ‘bust the window BZ,’” Henry said.

He said he hit the window with his elbow about seven times and it broke.

But, he was only able to get partially out of the car because his legs got caught in the seat belt.

"My upper side of the body was out, but my legs were in the car because the seat belts were wrapped around my legs and the car was upside down. All I could do was grab it and I pulled myself up, and the muffler, how hot it was, I burned myself trying to hold it, trying to pull myself up," Henry said.

Henry said his first thought was to go get help.

"After I got our I had ran around on to the street to get help but none of the cars, two cars just went past while I was in the middle of the street trying to stop it," Henry said.

Henry, along with Asher C. Lewis, 15, survived the crash.

Six other teens in the car did not survive.

"My heart reaches out to all the parents and I want you to stay strong. I'm going to stay strong and well get through this," Henry said.

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