A 20-year-old man accused of causing Medina County’s first fatal car crash of the year is expected to enter a plea at his initial appearance in Common Pleas Court on Monday.
Mateo Ralios, whose address is not listed in court records, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault, third- and fourth-degree felonies, and receiving a stolen motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
If convicted, Ralios could face up to 17½ years in prison.
Ralios is accused of losing control of a stolen Ford Fusion on state Route 18, west of state Route 94, in Granger Township, and crashing into a 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville, about 5:30 a.m. June 13.
According to the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Medina post, Kaskevic was injured in the crash and his passenger, Chad Nelson, 29, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at Akron General Hospital.
Ralios either didn’t have a license or it was suspended at the time of the crash, according to his indictment.
A patrol spokesman said alcohol also appeared to be a factor in the crash.
County Prosecutor Dean Holman and county Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury were unavailable for comment Friday. [br]
The grand jury also indicted the following people:
• Shane A. Wuensch, 19, of 837 Pennys Drive, Brunswick, was charged with a count of trafficking psychedelic drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
This is Wuensch’s second drug charge. He has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing for possessing an illegal stimulant, a third-degree felony.
He’s also accused in the baseball bat assault of a Chippewa Lake woman and her son in December.
From that event, he’s charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and kidnapping, first-degree felonies, and a count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.
Wuensch has two co-defendants in the attack facing identical charges: Brandon Ward and Jason Donelon.
Ward, 19, of 4086 Boston Road, Lot 19, Brunswick Hills Township, pleaded guilty last month to the charges, and Donelon, 19, of 1956 Rocklyn Drive, Brunswick, awaits trial on July 8.
Wuensch will plea to the additional charge before county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on Monday. His trial also is scheduled for July 8.
If convicted on all charges, Wuensch could face more than 30 years in prison. [br]
• Frederick Tabron, 47, of Cleveland, was charged with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle while driving intoxicated, a fifth-degree felony.
He has no previous record in Medina County courts, but he has a 1996 felony domestic violence conviction in Cuyahoga County.
Tabron will enter a plea before county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler on July 18. [br]
• Mark A. Fernandez, 39, of Canton, was charged with theft over $1,000, a fifth-degree felony.
He was sentenced in 2012 to 180 days in jail and three years probation for a robbery conviction in Medina County. In Stark County, Fernandez had five convictions since 1993 for extortion, counterfeit drug trafficking, illegal marijuana cultivation, marijuana possession and theft.
On his latest charge, Fernandez’s arraignment in Kimbler’s court has not been scheduled. [br]
• Richard J. Chansky, 40, of Medina, was charged with two counts of passing bad checks, fifth-degree felonies.
He’s never appeared in county court before. His arraignment is scheduled for July 8 in Collier’s court.
• Phillip E. Howard, 49, of Rainbow City, Ala., was charged with a count of passing bad checks, a fifth-degree felony.
He’s never appeared in Medina County courts before. The Etowah County, Ala., clerk of courts did not return calls seeking his criminal history there.
Howard is scheduled for a July 18 arraignment in Kimbler’s court.
A grand jury meets every other week. Its next meeting is scheduled for July 3.
Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.