The two who survived, 18-year-old Brian Henry and 15-year-old Asher Lewis, both of Warren, were treated for bruising and other injuries and released, she said.
All those killed were ages 14 to 19, authorities said. State police identified them as the 19-year-old driver Alexis Cayson; Andrique Bennett, 14; Brandon Murray, 17; and Kirklan Behner, Ramone White and Ray, all 15. The Highway Patrol said Cayson was the only female in the vehicle.
Rickie Bowling, 18, a friend of Behner, sobbed at the crash scene as she recalled his playfulness and reputation as a cut-up.
“He was one of a kind,” she said. “Everyone knew him in the neighborhood. In school, he always made everyone laugh.”
Bowling said the tragedy highlighted the importance of savoring life. “Basically, enjoy every second in life,” she said. “Enjoy life while you’ve got it and while you’re here and enjoy people that you love.”
She said she would rely on her faith in the difficult days ahead. “The only way to look at it is on the bright side: he’s in a better place,” she said.
Jasmine McClintock, 22, a friend of a victim, visited the crash scene and said it should serve as a warning for parents to be aware of their children’s activities.
“I hope it’s an eye-opener for parents,” she said while watching the slow ripple of the pond water littered with debris, some apparently from the crash.
McClintock said she was troubled by the question of what the victims were doing out at that hour, not knowing if they had been out all night or left home early.
“That’s the part that boggles my mind. It’s like on a Sunday if you’re not going to church, what are you doing at 7 a.m. out driving,” she asked.
Officials opened a school where several of the victims attended to provide counseling for families Sunday night. Superintendent Michael Notar called the crowded closed-door session heartbreaking and said counselors would be available Monday in schools.
Cheryl Moore, 54, whose nephew is a classmate of some of the victims, emerged from the counseling session and said it was helpful. “I just feel we have to come to grips with what happened today,” she said.
All eight were from Warren. It’s not believed that any of them were closely related, the highway patrol said.
Near the Pennsylvania state line, Warren is a mostly blue-collar city that was hit by the decline of U.S. steel mills; it has more than 41,000 residents in the industrial Mahoning Valley region.