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Unlicensed teen drivers take parents' van and crash

TNS Regional News • Aug 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Two teenagers’ wild ride ended on top of a rock on North Depot Road Monday afternoon.

The girls, ages 13 and 15, took the family van without permission, drove to Walmart and then west to Saybrook, where they were heading north on Depot Road at about 12:30 p.m.

Witnesses said the van was traveling about 60 mph, when the 13-year-old driver hit some gravel and lost control of the vehicle. The van ran over a mailbox, a small tree  before coming to rest atop a large rock.

No one was injured, police said.

The rock the van rested upon is part of Jim Carlson’s front-yard landscaping at his residence, 7241 N. Depot Road.

“I was getting the mail when the van went airborne,” he said. “(The girls) bailed out of the vehicle and started running down the road.”

Neighbor Roger Tomkinson, 7146 N. Depot Road, who also was getting his mail, ran after them.

Carlson said Tomkinson hollered, ‘Stop! It’s the police!’ and the girls stopped.

Someone called the police and within minutes, the Ohio State Highway Patrol was on the scene.

The girls sat in the grass crying as OHP Trooper Erik Souders accessed the situation. Neighbors and passersby stopped to look and find out what happened and if anyone was hurt. The van did not appear to have been significantly damaged.

“Speed and inexperience caused the crash,” Souders said.

The teens were released in the custody of their parents or guardians, Souders said.

The accident is under investigation. Souders would not provide further details late Monday afternoon other than to say no charges have been filed.


By Shelley Terry - Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio (MCT)

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