An overcapacity SUV crashed into a pond in Ohio early Sunday morning, killing six teens and injuring two.
There were eight teens in the five-seat Honda Passport, speeding down a two-lane road, when it veered over the left side of the road, crashed into a guardrail and flipped over into a pond near the city of Warren. The 19-year-old driver did not have permission to use the vehicle.
The crash, which the Ohio State Highway Patrol is calling the deadliest accident in the county's history, is currently being investigated and officials are waiting for toxicology reports to come in.
Those killed included Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan Behner, 15; Daylan Ray, 15; Brandon Murray, 14; and Ramone White, 15.
Two of the injured passengers were able to escape by breaking a rear window and emerging from the pond. Within minutes, a dive team plunged into the water to search for the rest.
All teens involved in the accident were close friends who lived in the same neighborhood.
About a quarter of 15- to 24-year-olds who died in 2010 were killed in auto accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. The motor vehicle deaths significantly outpaced the other top culprits: firearm wounds, homicides, suicides and accidental poisonings.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 15- to 20-year-old drivers were at the wheel in 10% of deadly auto accidents in 2010.
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Source: CNN, "6 teens killed, 2injured when overcrowded SUV flips into pond," March, 11, 2013.