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Teen in stolen car killed in Hamilton crash

HAMILTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Hamilton Police say a 14-year-old girl was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning. They've identified her as Nicole Denney.

Police say the car was speeding when the 16-year-old driver lost control near the intersection of Mosler and Cornell just after one in the morning. The car slammed into a tree. Police believe they were going 40 to 50 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour there.

It took rescue crews two hours to free Denney, but she died at the scene. The 16-year-old was taken to West Chester Medical Center. No word on his condition but police say he is cooperating with them. They are not releasing his name.

Sergeant Ed Buns says this crash is one of the worst in his career. "I can tell you I've been doing this for 35 years and this is one of the most totally destroyed cars I've ever seen. They were in a four wheel drift and the tree came in through the passenger side door, probably 40 to 50 miles when they hit the tree."

Police say the car the teens were in was stolen but they're looking into whether it was stolen by someone else. They're not sure how the pair came into possession of the car.

Denney and the driver were dating. She was a student at Hopewell Junior High School. The Lakota district sent out a release reading in part, "She was a hard-working, excellent young student and an important part of our school. This is always very difficult in any school. We have counselors who are ready to talk to our students and help them in any way they can. We are a very close family here at Hopewell and that helps during times like these".

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