Trooper: Car was speeding well over 55 mph

Ridge Road fatal accident
WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – We learned some new information about the crash that killed three Clark County High School students.

17-year-old Daniel Tittle, 16-year-old Charles Luthe and 15-year-old Wesley Culpepper were killed when the car they were riding in hit a tree on Ridge Road just before 6:00 Wednesday morning.

Lt. Brian Aller tells us that investigators are still re-constructing the scene.  He says this will most likely take weeks because there are no charges filed in the crash and typically criminal cases takes precedent.

So, investigators still don’t know who was driving the car or how fast it was going.

But, he tells me that based on the wreckage, the car was going well over 55 miles per hour, which is the speed limit there.

Lt. Aller also says that it’s still unclear where the teens were heading or coming from and they’re looking for anyone who may have talked to them or seen them that morning to please come forward and call them.

But, one of the victim’s fathers tells me he believes they were on their way home from fishing or camping.

Friends and family continue to remember the three teens.

A white cross with messages and flowers now sits at the crash site.

Meanwhile, grief counselors are helping students cope with the loss.

They were at Tecumseh High School Thursday.

Grief counselors will also be on hand when students return from spring break Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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