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Police: 15-year-old driver crashed, killed 17-year-old passenger in Clearcreek Township

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Posted at 7:56 AM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 07:56:34-04

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 15-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed in Clearcreek Township and killed another teen Thursday night, Highway Patrol officers said.

Investigators said the 15-year-old driver, from Centerville, was traveling eastbound on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road in Clearcreek Township when he lost control of the vehicle, drifted to the right of the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over several times.

The driver's 17-year-old front seat passenger, from Springboro, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 16-year-old back seat passenger, also from Springboro, was injured in the crash, but she was released from Atrium Hospital after treatment.

The driver was transported to Dayton Children's Hospital South Campus and was later released.

Ohio State Highway Patrol said speed and no seatbelt "were contributing factors in the crash."

The driver's age indicates he doesn't have a driver's license; the youngest age at which an Ohio driver can obtain a driver's license is 16.

Police have not released any information on charges; the crash remains under investigation.