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6 teens killed, 2 hurt in northeast Ohio SUV crash

WARREN, Ohio — A speeding sport utility vehicle taken without permission and carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing six of the passengers, the state Highway Patrol said.

The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland, Lt. Anne Ralston said. Investigators say it came to rest upside down in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth, who was thrown from the SUV during the crash, was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water.

Two boys who survived escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911, the Highway Patrol said.

Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said at an evening news conference that speed was a factor, although investigators were still trying to determine the speed at the time of the accident.

No one in the vehicle had permission to take it, but there were no theft reports, Holt said. The vehicle was licensed to a resident of Youngstown, about 20 miles away, he said.

Ralston didn't know where the teens were headed when the crash happened about 7 a.m. Holt said later that it wasn't clear how long they had been out.

Brian Henry, 18, and Asher Lewis, 15, survived. State police identified the victims as driver Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Brandon Murray, 17; and Kirklan Behner, Ramone White and Daylan Ray, all 15.

Dominique Ellison, left, and Rickie Bowling of Warren, Ohio, bring stuffed animals to a memorial in honor of friends who died in a crash south of the city Sunday. Authorities said speed was a factor.

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Dominique Ellison, left, and Rickie Bowling of Warren, Ohio, bring stuffed animals to a memorial in honor of friends who died in a crash south of the city Sunday. Authorities said speed was a factor.

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