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Tragedy in Warren: OSP releases initial report from Sunday fatal crash

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WARREN, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol released new information Tuesday morning about the accident that claimed the lives of six teenagers and injured two others Sunday.

The initial report from OSP says Alexis Cayson, 19, did not have a valid license when the SUV she was driving struck a guardrail off Niles Warren River Road, went airborne and landed upside down in a pond.

Although results of blood tests on the driver and victims are still pending, the report says alcohol or drug use by Cayson is not suspected, but it's possible that she was distracted by something going on inside the vehicle.

One of the two survivors of the crash, 15-year-old Asher Lewis told investigators that Cayson was "playing around when she was driving ... swerving and speeding."

Asher said in his statement to police, he believes Cayson was driving that way on purpose but couldn't say why. Asher said it felt like she was driving 80 miles per hour.

Meanwhile, the coroner said Cayson, Brandon Murray, 14, and Daylan Ray, 15, died from drowning.

Autopsies were still being conducted to determine the cause of death for Andrique Bennet, 14, Kirklan Behner, 15, and Ramone White, 15.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home. Check back at WFMJ.com for updated dates and times as they are set.

A fund called Gifts for Our Children has been opened at Huntington Bank to help pay for funeral expenses.

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