Woman helped injured teens call 911

WARREN – At first, the people inside the house at 1632 Burton St. S.E. did not want to answer the door when they heard the two survivors of Sunday morning’s deadly crash pleading outside for help.

It was only after Jacquelyn Kimble recognized one of the teens that she agreed to let them in.

“They were banging on the door, and I really didn’t want to let them in without knowing who they were,” she said Monday, her voice shaking as she described the experience.

“It scared us. With everything that goes on. It can be dangerous. I’m glad I did, though.”

Kimble said everyone was sleeping in her home when she heard Brian K. Henry, 18, and Asher C. Lewis, 15, banging on the door. Her voice can be heard on the recording of a 911 call, asking for an ambulance to be sent to her home.

She said she quickly focused on getting the boys in the house, out of their cold, wet clothes and wrapped in blankets.

“They were so scared. They were shaking and so cold,” Kimble said. “It was bad. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. They kept saying she was driving crazy, that girl was driving crazy.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to have to go through that. I got space heaters out. At one point I thought the one was going to collapse. I think they were in shock.”

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, eight teens, six that died, were traveling in an SUV made to only hold five people. Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk said autopsies performed Monday on three of the victims – the driver, Alexis Cayson, 19, Daylan Ray, 15, and Brandon A. Murray, 14 – showed they drowned.

He said autopsies on Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan M. Behner, 15; and Ramone M. White, 15, were scheduled for today.

Henry and Lewis were treated for injuries at St. Joseph Health Center and Trumbull Memorial and released on Sunday.

Kimble said it wasn’t until later that she realized that her great-nephew was a victim.

“Andrique, that’s my niece’s son,” Kimble said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Although she didn’t go to the crash scene, she said other family members did, including her son.

“He wanted to help, to go in and try to get them out but they told him the water was too murky and nasty, that he wouldn’t be able to,” she said. “It was hard.”

For Kimble, as well as other community members, the crash is reminiscent of the fire that killed an Austin Avenue family, including two children.

“Last year I lost some of my family, almost exactly a year ago, in a fire,” she said. “I also lost my brother when he was hit on a motorcycle. It’s a lot to take in. It’s tragedy after tragedy. It’s like there’s this whole generation of kids who grew up around here and now they’re gone. So fast, just like that, they’re gone.”