MEDINA — The driver involved in the county’s first traffic fatality of the year has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Mateo Ralios, 20, also was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and receiving stolen property.
The car he was driving, a Ford Fusion, had been reported stolen.
The charges were filed in Medina Municipal Court Thursday. Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said he plans to present the case to a grand jury.
Ralios is accused of crossing the center line of state Route 18, west of state Route 94, in Granger Township, and crashing head-on with a 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville.
A passenger in Kaskevic’s car, Chad Nelson, 29, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at Akron General Hospital.
Ralios’ vehicle caught fire, and he was pulled to safety by other motorists.
The crash scene closed Route 18 for about two hours.
The Ohio Highway Patrol said alcohol likely was involved in the crash.
Kaskevic was listed Monday afternoon in fair condition, a Cleveland MetroHealth Center spokeswoman said.
Ralios, who initially was identified by the Highway Patrol as Gilberto Ralios, was discharged from Akron General Hospital and is being held at the county jail on $600,000 bond.
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.