On Sunday morning, six teenagers tragically died after the SUV they rode in crashed and flipped over into a pond in Warren, Ohio. Only two survivors managed to escape the submerged vehicle. Here’s what you should know about the teens who lost their lives, the passengers who survived, and what factors may have led to this incident.
1. Six Teens Died, But Two Survived
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a Honda Passport carrying a total of eight teenagers was traveling along a Warren, Ohio, road. Around 7 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 10, the vehicle took a sudden left turn, crashed into a guardrail and landed in a pond. The six teenagers who were killed in the crash were 19-year-old Alexis Cayson, 14-year-old Andrique Bennett, 17-year-old Brandon Murray, and Kirklan Behner, Daylan Ray and Ramone White, all 15 years old. All of the teens were reported to know each other as friends. Daylan Ray’s father, Derrick Ray, spoke to the Detroit Free Press about his deceased son:
All I know is my baby is gone.
Daylan’s 12-year-old sister, Mariah Bryant, had learned that Daylan was her brother just months earlier:
It hurts, it really does, because they are so young and, like, they could have had so much more to life.
Two of the car’s passengers survived — 19-year-old Bryan Henry and 15-year-old Asher Lewis.
2. The Survivors Smashed a Window and Swam to Safety
The Associated Press reported that the two surviviors, Henry and Lewis, managed to escape the submerged SUV by breaking the rear window and swimming to safety. Afterward, they ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911. Both surviviors were treated for bruises and other injuries.
3. No One Knows Where the Teens Were Headed or Where They Came From
Reports stated that authorities don’t know where the teenagers (who all hailed from Warren, Ohio) were heading or where they came from. The vehicle they were riding in housed all eight teenagers, even though it was only built to hold five people.
4. Speeding May Have Caused the Crash
Local authorities stated that the Honda Passport that was transporting the teens was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash occurred. It was also reported that many of the teens were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
5. The SUV was Stolen
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NBC News reported that the Honda Passport was taken without the owner’s permission. A later AP report confirmed that the SUV was stolen.