Ohio girl, 17, dies after car plunges into pond

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OTTOVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- The State Highway Patrol says a 17-year-old girl from northwest Ohio died after she swerved off a county road toward a pond and her vehicle became submerged.

The crash happened late Saturday near Ottoville, about 65 miles southwest of Toledo.

Troopers say Rockford resident Brianna Coon made a frantic call for help using her cellphone, but searchers who traced the signal had trouble determining the vehicle's exact location. A trooper found a hubcap near the pond about two hours after the crash, and the girl was in the car when it was pulled from the water.

Troopers are investigating what happened. They don't believe alcohol was a factor, and they say the girl had been wearing a seat belt.

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