Skip to comments.6 teens killed, 2 hurt in northeast Ohio SUV crash
Posted on 03/11/2013 7:29:01 AM PDT by bryan999
WARREN, Ohio (AP) 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 five boys and the young woman driving, 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.
The two boys who survived escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran a quarter-mile to a home to call 911, the highway patrol said.
State 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.
"We will not be speculating on alcohol and-or drug usage pending toxicology reports," Holt said.
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Unnecessary waste of young life... quite sad
we must ban all high capacity vehicles or vehicles with removable high capacity magazines.
It’s not always bad parents. kids are kids.
Tragic but it does sound like a complete lack of parental control.
Your right but the lawyers can't make any money without someone to blame for nature taking it's course. Looking back at the things my friends and myself did in our teen years it's a wonder any of us survived. But control freaks will always conveniently forget their own past and rail against nature and the ways of life.
And it looks like somebody took the vehicle without permission. So without further information, I'm not sure we can blame the parents.
It's easy being 18, harder being 10 feet tall and bulletproof.
I was young and stupid once too. Somehow my guardian angel was looking over my shoulder and I survived. Never stole a car but can’t say I wouldn’t have if given to opportunity way back 45 years ago.
My parents were VERY strict and kept a tight rein on me and my brother, but we always found a way to get around it.
Seriously, the correlation between the number of (non-sibling) passengers and fatality accidents is very very high.
The more teens in the car, the more likely it is to be involved in a fatality accident.
Ban “the peers” and “the pack” from your kid’s car,
and he’ll be more likely to survive.
The SUV was taken without permission. Please enlighten us on your thought process, if there was one.
Kids do stupid stuff, some are lucky, some are not.
Tragic but it does sound like a complete lack of parental control. . . . . .
Maybe, but in the wee hours of the morning if children quietly sneak out of the house the parents won’t even know about it.
I’m not saying that is what happened but when I was 15 I did it and also took a joy ride in a corvette that did not belong to me. A friend and I decided to see how fast it would go and wrecked it. Yeah we got in big trouble.
It turns out the person that left the keys in the corvette convertable in front of his house was trying to catch someone who was stealing cars from him, he was a car dealer.
I had a job, my dad had to pay for the car and I had to pay my dad, it was a lot of money in those days. It is the only Corvette I have ever bought and I only got to drive it once.
I feel sorry for the parents of these kids. When you do stupid stuff you have to be prepared to pay the price, sometimes the price is very, very high.
Indeed, where are your parents, and why are they allowing you to make dumb, reckless, posts?
Typical cop-speak. They don't know how fast the vehicle was going, but they "know" speed was a factor. But it's a provable fact that parked vehicles rarely get into accidents. Interesting, though, that the only girl in the vehicle was the driver.
My parents taught me not to take other people's things without permission.
Um yes, bad parents. These kids were supposedly out all night. I was never allowed to stay out all night when I was 14, 15, 16, 17... I had a thing called a curfew.
I also did this thing where I actually called my mother or father when I was going to be late. Not a bad thing to do you know? And if I ever slacked on that, my parents would be calling around looking for me...
If these parents were GOOD parents, in the age of cellphones and texting and whatnot, all of these kids would be accounted for... What this stupid article fails to tell is what these kids were out doing and my guess is that nobody knows (perhaps except for the two who survived). And what are good kids of good, responsible parents doing ripping off cars that don’t belong to them...?
Sorry, but I am checking off the bad parents box for this story.
“... speed was a factor”.
I know someone in law enforcement and this is what he told me. “Speed is a factor” simply because the car/vehicle was moving on impact. Let’s say you are driving 25 mph (in a 45 mph zone) and hit a tree. Speed is a factor because if the car wasn’t moving.. you wouldn’t have hit the tree. So, yes... typical cop speak.
Parents aren't "other people" in teenagers' minds.
Or was it stolen?
The car veered off the road and overturned, probably wasn't doing 25 in a 45 zone. Sometimes it's pretty easy to tell when speed was a factor.
I agree. However, even if you bump a tree at 25 mph.. you can be issued a citation of “failure to control speed to avoid a collision. Therefore, speed is always a factor.
Ummm....there is permission and curfews AND then there is ignoring said permissions and curfews. Kids do crazy things, they sneak out, they “borrow” vehicles not their own, they rebel.
It’s great that you were a perfect kid, but some are not.
BTW, I was NOT one to ignore authority, but knew some that did. Sometimes the home life NEEDS to be escaped from.
Teenage drivers lack experience in driving and saying “no”;the more teenagers in the vehicle the more likely some stupid dare will be made.
Three young Future Farmers of America are dead in Ripley county ,Indiana last week ,and their three friends hurt because the two teenage boys driving pickups raced each other on converging roads and apparently both ran stop signs at an intersection crashing together.
Generally people don’t refer to it as stealing when the unauthorized driver is a family member or close friend whi is expected ,and does himself intend ,to return the vehicle after a quick trip to the store or nearby destination.
That is where the police dispatcher use the phrase “investigate for unauthorized control, a 2008 Chevry Tahoe ,blue in color, believed occupied by .....Stop and Hold,authority Local PD.”
Reporting your vehicle driven off by your teenager as stolen pushes the response up a whole other level;if you really want your teenager in jail then call it stolen.If you want to discipline him(her) at home, you report “driven without permission” and hope there are no crashes.
Good Lord,I believe some people would actually endorse the stoning to death of disrespectful sons .If your only tool is instilling overpowering fear of great punishment then your the problem,not the solution.
Kids are only kids based on where the parents draw the line. The kids may from time to time go over that line, but in this case, the line should have been drawn much sooner. If I’d have taken my parents car, I should have just as well killed myself, since the result would have been the same - death.
I did instruct my kids that they were not to carry more than one passenger. I think there is (IIRC) a Georgia law to the same effect for 16-17 year olds.
But this could well be a case of a bunch of boys thinking it was cool to disobey parents, sneak out after curfew, and go joyriding with a wild girl. Sort of case I would clip out of the newspaper and hand to my kids with the observation that things don't always work out the way you intend . . . .
Fortunately, my kids never got anything worse than a traffic ticket and a stern talking-to by the judge. But I do not tell them about some of my escapades . . . which fortunately never resulted in any injuries or damage to persons or property. But that was just good luck (and I was not a particularly wild kid).
STOLEN does make all the difference.
I do believe stealing has been treated much too lightly these past decades while the cops seek glamour in drug raids and DUI roadblocks.
There is still that dare and show-off mentality all teens must learn to be wary of.
Update: state police say the two drivers and trucks left seperately with no knowledge ofthe other;so it begins to look like running the stop signs ,and maybe speed, caused the crash.But not actual race against each other.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.