Vigil marks one-year anniversary of crash


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Warren community came together Monday night to remember the six teens that died in Trumbull County’s deadliest accident.

More than 100 people, including city officials, school officials, family and friends, attended a vigil at Courthouse Square in downtown Warren. The event featured prayers and singing.

The crash happened one year ago. Alexis Cayson, 19, was behind the wheel of a Honda Passport SUV when it crashed at 7 a.m. March 10.

Investigators said the vehicle was overcrowded, with eight people inside. Some were wearing seat belts.

The SUV was heading east on Pine Avenue S.E. when it hit a guardrail and rolled over into a swamp. Five of the people who died were found in the Honda. The sixth was ejected and later found under the vehicle when crews were removing it.The victims were between the ages of 14 and 19.

“You don’t ever forget. You will always remember. It will always be in your heart, but you know, God gives you a peace. He gives you an inner peace for you to move on, to strengthen your heart and soul so that you can live life,” said Lisa Williamson, whose son died in the crash.

“One thing about the unfortunate incident, it brought out the best in our community and I’m very proud. We’re here to thank a lot of the people, first responders and how the community surrounded those families,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

Franklin said there are plans to have a permanent memorial marker this spring. He said he wants to hear from the families for input.

The marker will either be on city or school property so families don’t have to revisit the crash site.

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