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Toxicology results for three teens, killed March 26 on Ridge Road when their car hit a tree and shattered into pieces, reveal that their blood alcohol content was above the state legal limit, the Ohio Highway Patrol said Monday.

The patrol is still investigating who was driving that morning.

Toxicology results released Monday show each teen had blood alcohol content above the legal limit in Ohio in the crash occurred west of State Route 41 in Springfield. The legal limit is .08 for adults. The legal drinking age in Ohio is 21.

Charles "Chas" Luthe, 16, of Springfield; Wesley Culpepper, 15, of Huber Heights; and Daniel Tittle, 17, of Medway, were killed after their car left the road at high speed, slammed into a tree and broke apart, according to the patrol.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office, testing showed the blood alcohol content for Luthe at .108 and Tittle at .218. A urine test showed Culpepper's was .124, according to the coroner's office.

The teens were not wearing seat belts, but the patrol said seat belts would not have made a difference because of the severity of the crash.


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