Thursday, December 28, 2000

Car crash kills 6 teens in northeast Ohio

The Associated Press

        CRESTON, Ohio — A car apparently traveling too fast went off the side of a rural road and hit a tree early Wednesday, killing six of the seven teen-agers in the vehicle, the State Highway Patrol said.

        The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. in Canaan Township in Wayne County, about 60 miles south of Cleveland. The driver, Jeffrey Kaufmann, and six passengers were not wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

        The patrol said unsafe speed was the preliminary cause of the crash. Killed were Mr. Kaufmann, 18, of Rittman; Paul Marshall III, 15, Cory Pelfrey, 18, and Bruce Campbell, 14, all of Creston; and Christie Elliston, 13, and Jennifer Elliston, 14, both of Wooster.

        Katie Gonzalez, 14, of Creston, was flown to Akron Children's Hospital, where she was in serious condition Wednesday morning, a nursing supervisor said.

        Alcohol and other drugs apparently were not factors in the crash, the patrol said.


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