I wrote my newspaper column just a week ago on the alarming trend that teenage driver deaths were trending up for the first time in a long time. This horrific crash will add to that troubling trend.
Investigators in Ohio say two teenagers escaped a crash that killed six of their friends in a swampy pond. The two survivors got out of the SUV by breaking a rear window and swimming to safety.
It’s still not known what the eight were doing in the sport utility vehicle when it flipped over into the pond Sunday morning in the northeast Ohio city of Warren.
State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said Monday investigators are still piecing the details together.
He says that no one in the group had permission to take the vehicle and that its owner was not related to any of the teens.
All of those killed were ages 14 to 19. Authorities say the SUV was traveling fast when it hit a guardrail.
I have written about the dangers of teen driver distraction, often caused by too many passengers in the vehicle. We all think our little angels wear their seatbelts because we have told them to, yet not one of these eight teens had one on. It is too early to tell if alcohol was involved in this crash, but it happens often.
I have encouraged parents to talk to their teens and sign a contract with them. A Texas Judge who listens to the Car Pro Show in Austin came up with a GREAT contract. You can access it and print it by clicking here: http://www.co.wise.tx.us/Downloads/teen%20driving%20contract.pdf
Six sets of parents are grieving today and planning funerals. Take the time to talk to your teenager regularly about the dangers of driving.