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Tragedy in Warren: Driver in Sunday's fatal crash did not have a valid driver's license

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WARREN, Ohio - There's new information about the accident that claimed the lives of six Warren teenagers on Sunday.

The initial report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Alexis Cayson did not have a valid Ohio driver's license.

She was driving an SUV that struck a guardrail off Niles Warren River Road, went airborne, and landed upside down in a pond.

Although results of blood tests could take another two months to complete, the report says alcohol or drug use by Cayson is not suspected.

The report says it's possible that Cayson was distracted by something going on inside the vehicle before the crash.

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

Lewis says he believes Cayson was driving that way on purpose, but couldn't say why.

Lewis says it felt like she was driving 80 miles per hour.

The coroner says Cayson, 17-year-old Brandon Murray, 15-year-old Daylan Ray, 14-year-old Andrique Bennet, 15-year-old Kirklan Behner, and 15-year-old Ramone White all died as a result of drowning.

Funeral arrangements for most of the victims are being made by Sterling McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

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

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