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Search Warrant: Teens Were Smoking Pot

Newswatch 16 obtained search warrants that were used to investigate the crash that killed a toddler this week in Lackawanna County.

The information in the documents is shocking.

Search warrants obtained by Newswatch 16 show that everyone involved in the deadly crash was either drinking or getting high when the crash happened.

In court papers, state police said the parents of Cole Hazelton admitted to drinking alcohol during that fiery crash that killed their son, and the teens in the car that hit them were all smoking marijuana.

Now, state police will search both vehicles for evidence that supports those confessions.

The memorial along Dark Region Road in Ransom Township grows each day, with more flowers, notes, and even a picture of little Cole Hazelton who was killed in the fiery crash Monday night.

Now court papers show state police believe the parents of the 21-month-old child were drinking alcohol right before the deadly crash, and the five teens that hit them from behind were smoking marijuana and speeding at the time.

State police said the toddler, his mother, Ashley Hazelton, 21, and his father, Andrew Carullo, 25, were struck from behind by a car full of five teens.

Their sport utility vehicle then burst into flames.

Hazelton and Carullo desperately tried to pull the child from the fire, but could not get him out, and suffered severe burns to their arms and bodies.

Meanwhile, all the teens in the other car, were able to get out okay.

Now, after interviews with the drivers and occupants, state police were granted search warrants for both vehicles in the crash.

In the warrants, police said, "Carullo and Hazelton were consuming alcoholic beverages," and the driver of the car full of teens, David Ranakoski, 17, of Scranton was driving "at a high rate of speed and all occupants were smoking marijuana," and that Ranakoski "had a suspended junior operator license."

Police said Carullo, the driver of the SUV, also did not have a valid license.

State police said they expect to search the vehicles sometime Friday for evidence of drugs and alcohol and any other illegal items.

Cole's parents, Hazelton and Carullo are still recovering at Lehigh Valley Hospital.


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