Warren, Trumbull Co. want suit over deadly crash dismissed

WARREN, Ohio (AP) – A northeast Ohio city and county have asked a judge to dismiss a wrongful-death lawsuit over a one-vehicle crash that killed six teenagers.

Relatives of three boys who died in the Warren crash sued the city and Trumbull County, alleging that officials didn’t properly maintain County Road 69 before the March 2013 crash.

Investigators concluded a sport utility vehicle sped down the two-lane road at nearly twice the 35-mph speed limit, then flipped into a pond. The 19-year-old driver and five of the seven boys riding with her were killed.

In court filings, attorneys for the city and county deny allegations of negligence or improper maintenance and request that the case be dismissed. They also point to the driver’s alleged recklessness and raise questions of legal standing and liability.

19-year-old Alexis Cayson was driving the overloaded SUV that ended up in a pond.

Ohio State Highway Patrol determined that Cayson was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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.

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