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SOUTHINGTON, Ohio - A Warren teenager had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time of the crash that killed her and five passengers last month.

At a press conference held Thursday afternoon, troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Warren post said Alexis Cayson, 19, was not drinking or using drugs when the crash happened. 

In fact, none of the eight people inside the vehicle had alcohol in their systems.

Drug tests are still pending on three of the passengers, but so far there's been no trace of drug use found.

Lt. Brian Holt, commander at the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Cayson was traveling southbound on Niles-Warren Road between 62 and 70 miles an hour, in a posted 35 mile per hour zone.
 
She traveled off the left side of the road, striking a guardrail and the SUV then went airbourne before landing on its roof in a portion of a pond that was 5 feet deep March 10.
  
Six people, including Cayson, drowned when they were unable to get out of the vehicle.

"Miss Cayson was driving recklessly and erratically prior to losing control and traveling off the roadway. Again Miss Cayson was the sole occupant in control of the vehicle," Holt said.

Lt. Holt says the '98 Honda Passport was only designed to carry five passengers, instead of the eight that crammed inside. He says that could have lead the vehicle to flip.

"Once the vehicle had lost control, the weight of the vehicle certainly, that weight assisted the vehicle in overturning," he said.

The vehicle rapidly filled with water after a rear side window was broken as two survivors tried to get out and called 911.

As to series of events that lead up to the crash the morning of March 10, Holt says the group was not together the entire evening prior.

"I would say there's was just some joyriding going on, socializing, just kind of driving all around the city of Warren," Holt said.

Earlier today, the families of the victims met with officials who shared details of what happened in private.

Victim Kirklan Behnar's mother says that learning her son was sitting in the back seat of the SUV opened fresh wounds.

'It's hard. It's real hard to deal with. And just want other parents to keep, you know we all can't keep a close eye on our kids. Kids are kids, but maybe like a stronger supervision or maybe do what you already do and do the best that you can do, because nobody's perfect," said Deanna Behnar's.

His mother says the pain that fills her heart that is still tough to put into words.

"It's actually unbearable. It's the most excruciating pain ever," she said.

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