A car apparently traveling too fast went off the side of a rural road and hit a tree early today, 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 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 taken by helicopter to Akron
Children’s Hospital where she was in serious condition Wednesday
morning, a nursing supervisor said.
Alcohol and drugs apparently were not factors in the crash, the