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WARREN, Ohio - Investigators piecing together a car accident that killed six teenagers Sunday confirmed some information but more questions have still been unanswered.

In a press conference at the Warren City Schools Administration Building, officials confirmed that they are working to "have all of the answers that could ever be obtained."

Lt. Brian Holt of Ohio State Patrol ruled out some information surrounding the incident while continually asking for patience as they work to find other factors of the crash.

Lt. Holt confirmed that weather was not a factor in the incident but was not "prepared to say that the road had anything to do with the accident."

He said some of the passengers were wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, but it's still unclear who exactly was wearing them.

The swamp that the vehicle landed in was just over four feet deep, which Lt. Holt said was enough to submerge the interior of the SUV.

It was also confirmed that "express permission was not given" to the driver of the vehicle and victim 19-year-old Alexis Cayson. The vehicle, a 1998 Black Honda Passport was registered under the name of Marquis Stephenson of Youngstown. No police report regarding theft of a vehicle or anything of that kind was filed though.

After conflicting reports, Lt. Holt confirmed that victim Brandon Murray was 14, not 17, as originally stated in a release.

What is still left to investigate is the speed factor in the crash, which officials say there are still looking at. Lt. Holt also would not speak on where the teenagers were coming from or going at the time of the accident. Drugs and alcohol have not been confirmed as possible factors in the crash.

The investigation continues.

Lisa Williamson, the mother of 14-year-old Brandon Murray, tells 21 News that her son had been at a party the night before and was rushing to get home.

"They were sneaking to a party, like we have done so many times, and from what I understand, they were trying to get home before any of the parents woke up," Williamson said.


 

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