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SUV in Deadly Ohio Crash Reported Stolen

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(WARREN, Ohio) -- A speeding SUV that hit a guardrail, flipped over and landed upside down in a pond Sunday morning, killing six teenagers, was stolen, according to the vehicle's owner.

The owner filed a stolen-car report with police on Monday, police said.  It was unclear where the teens got the vehicle or whether they knew it was stolen.

Two boys survived the crash in Warren, Ohio, including Brian Henry, who described the crash and how he survived it to ABC News affiliate WYTV.

Henry, 18, and Asher Lewis, 15, were the only survivors of the crash that killed six of their friends, ranging in age from 14 to 19.

Henry told WYTV that he smacked his head on the dashboard and lost consciousness during the crash.  It was the cold water that woke him up.

"First thing I thought was that I just wanted to give up," Henry told WYTV.  "I was like, I can't go out like that."

Henry tried to smash his way out of the car.

"It took me six or seven times to bust the window," he said.

But when he tried to swim out, he found himself entangled with seatbelts.  He had to take off his shoes and pants in order to escape, Henry said.

As the SUV filled with water, Henry and Lewis sprinted a quarter of a mile to the nearest residence so they could call 911.

"I wasn't thinking about myself," Henry said.  "I was thinking about the other lives that were left behind to get them help.  I didn't care if I was busted up.  I just had to get help there first."

The eight teens had packed into a Honda Passport, which seats five people, and some were likely not wearing seatbelts, authorities said.

It was the deadliest wreck in the history of Trumbull County, located in northeastern Ohio, and the worst traffic accident in the state in at least the past three years, Lt. Brian Holt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said on Monday.

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Five Bodies Found in Burned SUV Believed to Be Missing Family

Comstock/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Five bodies found in a burned SUV in the Arizona desert are likely a Tempe family who went missing after the father sent a co-worker a cryptic note about how to take over the family business, police said Tuesday.

The sheriff in Pinal County, where the burned-out SUV was found, initially said all signs indicated that it was likely related to Mexican drug cartel trafficking, but investigators have since learned that the white Ford SUV was registered to the business of James Butwin, at the family’s home address.

The coroner has not yet make a positive identification, but the fact that there were five bodies and all five members of the Butwin family have been missing since Saturday, along with evidence gathered at the family home, led police to suspect that they were the two parents and three children, Tempe Police Department Sgt. Jeff Glover said.

“From the evidence that our detectives were able to gather from the residence, they believe it is a murder-suicide,” Glover said.

Tempe police were not initially involved, since the bodies were found in Vekol Valley, a desert area in Pinal County that’s a well-known smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants from Mexico, but they contacted officials there after learning of the mysterious disappearance of the Butwin family, he said.

“It was a situation where a family acquaintance received a note or letter from James Butwin [the father] that indicated how to run the business, which caused concern,” Glover said. “They went over to the residence and couldn’t find anyone, and that’s when they called police.”

Glover identified the missing family only as James Butwin, his wife Yafit Butwin, and three children. He said he did not have specific ages for any of the family members, and said the children’s names were not being released.

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SUVs, Pickups Less Deadly to Car Passengers

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- SUVs and pickups aren’t as deadly to passengers of cars and minivans as they used to be, according to a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“Until recently, SUVs and pickups were more likely than cars or minivans of the same weight to be involved in crashes that killed occupants of other cars or minivans,” the nonprofit research group said in a statement Wednesday. “That’s no longer the case for SUVs, and for pickups the higher risk is much less pronounced than it had been.”

The group reported that in 2000-01 among 1 to 4-year-old vehicles weighing 3,000-3,499 pounds, SUVs were involved in crashes that killed car/minivan occupants at a rate of 44 deaths per million registered vehicle years. But by the end of the decade, the rate had dropped by nearly two-thirds.

Researchers say improved crash protection in the cars and minivans, including the addition of side airbags and stronger support structures, is one reason for the improvement. Later-model SUVs and pickups were also designed with smaller vehicle impacts in mind -- their front-ends have been better aligned with the energy-absorbing structures of cars.

Designs prior to about 2005-06 mismatched cars and SUVs/pickups, resulting in accidents where larger vehicles would ride up over the smaller ones, causing more trauma to passengers.

“By working together, the automakers got life-saving changes done quickly,” says Joe Nolan, the Institute’s chief administrative officer and a co-author of the new study. “The new designs have made a big difference on the road.”

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Today's SUVs Are Among the Safest Vehicles, Report Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- SUVs, once considered one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road for their propensity to roll over, have reversed their reputation. They are now much safer than they used to be, according to a new report released Thursday.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says drivers of today's SUVs are among the least likely to die in a crash, thanks in large part to the availability of electronic stability control, or ECS.  The computer sensor technology automatically controls braking when it detects skids, helping vehicles stay upright and keeping drivers on their intended path.

Now that SUVs are less likely to roll over, the IIHS points out that they are safer than smaller cars because their larger size and weight offers drivers greater protection in a crash.

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Family Cheats Death after Avalanche Crushes Their Vehicle in Wash. State

The Parker Family(SEATTLE) -- A Washington State family's spring break road trip turned into a nightmare encounter with an avalanche on Wednesday.

As Randall Kent Parker, his wife Roxanne and their two young daughters were driving down Interstate 90 near Seattle, a wall of snow and ice slammed into their SUV with such force that it crushed their vehicle and nearly pushed them off the edge of the road.

The Parkers, who live in Pasco, Wash., said it felt as if dynamite had exploded inside their car. Amazingly, all survived with just minor injuries and today they say they're lucky to be alive.

"We were just a couple hours from home, driving over the mountains. The next thing I know, our world had changed forever," said Kent, who was behind the wheel.

The vehicle was surrounded by three to four feet of heavy snow and ice, pushing the car sideways and through a concrete retaining wall.

The impact shattered the windshield, crumpled the roof and caused the air bags to deploy. So much snow entered the vehicle that it filled the car's seats and pushed snow and glass into the riders' mouths.

"I heard my wife. It wasn't a scream, but it was just a yell as everything caved in," Kent Parker said.

The couple's two young daughters, ages three and seven, were sitting in the backseat when the avalanche struck. The children were buried by the snow, and their father rushed to dig them out. Miraculously, both were unharmed.

While the accident happened on a remote mountain road, it didn't take long for help to arrive. The Washington State Patrol was on the scene within minutes, rescuing Roxanne who was bleeding in the front seat. She is now recovering at home; incredibly, she only had minor injuries, including a sore chest.

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SUV Goes Airborne and Lands on Pickup, Killing Family of Five

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(THORTON, Colo.) -- Police are trying to determine what caused a Colorado woman to speed through an intersection and cause a horrendous chain reaction that launched her car into the air before landing on a small pickup truck, instantly killing a family of five.

The SUV, a Ford Expedition, was driven by Monica Chavez, 33, who had two young children in the vehicle with her when she began weaving through traffic at high speeds during Thursday's rush hour, police and witnesses said.

"We've not determined the cause of the accident," said Thornton Police Department spokesman Matt Barnes. "We don't know if it was reckless driving, something medical, or drugs and alcohol."

Until the investigation is concluded, Barnes said, charges will not be pressed.

Police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report which Barnes said was still some days away to determine if Chavez was intoxicated at the time.

Chavez was headed south on a highway outside Denver when she drove into an intersection and struck a car that was making a turn in front of Chavez, police reports said. After striking the Mazda, the SUV hit a median that propelled it into the air.

The vehicle landed on top of a small Chevrolet S-10 pickup, crushing it and killing a family of five riding in the truck.

The victims in the truck were identified as Randy Stollsteimer and Crystal Stollsteimer and their sons, Sebastian, 12, Darian, 8, and Cyrus, 6.

After landing on the truck, the SUV rolled across a parking lot and crashed into the plate-glass window of a mattress store, injuring one man inside from flying shards of glass.

Paul Roggow, owner of Urban Mattress Store, said the car came careening into his store, demolishing a desk and stopping inches from where he was standing.

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New Insurance Institute Report Calls for Bumper Standards

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is calling for federal bumper standards after a study of collisions between passenger cars and SUVs showed extensive damage in low speed collisions.

The institute tested seven pairs of vehicles in rear end collisions at just 10 miles an hour.  Each crash consisted of a car and an SUV from the same manufacturer.

The testers found that because the bumpers of SUVs don't line up with those of cars, collateral damage follows when they get into a crash.

"Bumpers are designed to bump," says the institute's Joe Nolan.  "They're supposed to be the first line of defense in low speed collisions.  When the bumpers don't line up, then they're hitting other parts of the car that aren't designed to be impacted, like hoods and trunks."

In one test, a Nissan Rogue -- an SUV -- was pushed into a Nissan Sentra sedan at 10 miles an hour.

"Instead of hitting the Sentra's bumper, it hits the Sentra's trunk and tail lamps.  And in turn, the Sentra bumper hits the Rogue's air condition condenser and the radiator, spilling all of its fluid," says Nolan.

Nolan adds, "So [with] this 10-mile-per-hour crash we have total over $7,000 in damages and one vehicle that needs to be towed away from the scene."

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Woman Killed When SUV Crashes Through Window

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WLS-TV Chicago(CHICAGO) -- A woman was crushed and killed when an SUV crashed through the window of her first floor garden apartment while she and her husband slept. Police said they believe that the teenage driver was drunk at the time of the crash.

Josefina Prospero, 48, of Bolingbrook, Ill. and her husband Juan Nicolas Bernal, were asleep at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when the 2002 Chevrolet SUV crashed through their window. Prospero was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bernal suffered minor cuts and bruises, and was able to make a statement at the police department.

According to Prospero's brother, who was in the apartment at the time, the unidentified 17-year-old driver attempted to flee the scene after the accident, but was restrained by some of the neighbors who also heard the accident.

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