April 24, 2014

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Driver heading to court in fatal crash case

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.

Mateo Ralios

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.

The grand jury also indicted the following people:

Shane Wuensch

• 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.

Frederick Tabron

• 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.

Mark Fernandez

• 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.

• 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 nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • Teri Stegman Toothman

    Why isn’t Ralios being charged with DUI and no license. He will get out in 17 yrs but Chad will never walk on this earth again. His family being his mother, father, brothers, and nephew will never talk to him again. Homicide is homicide whether it is by vehicle or by car. Nothing less than life should be sought

  • Teri Stegman Toothman

    I meant by gun or by car. Also consider the fact he is only 20 and legal age is 21. Should have gotten him for underage drinking. Must not be an election year is all I can say

  • Debra Nelson

    I am the mother of the deceased, Chad Nelson. This Ralios chose to drink, steal a car, and then flee from the police which resulted in the tragic and violent death of my son, Chad. My heart is broken. Ralios will never know what hurt he has caused me, my family, and our friends. What a great person, son, brother, husband, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson, and friend he was. If Chad had to die, I would’ve rather he died defending our country when he was in Iraq and Afghanistan. ..not the way he did. Ralios deserves to get life….why should he get to live his life when he took one?

  • Jill Maloney

    I am disgusted by what I am reading in this article. I just don’t get the legal system. How can it be that this guy can drive drunk in a stolen car, kill someone and only get 17 years???? This isn’t even a slap on the wrist for what he did. Chad and the family deserves more than this and he needs to be stopped from doing something to someone else.

  • JASON IRVINE

    17 year max. which means he will do alot less. Chad Nelson received a death sentence without a court, jury, and a phone call to his family to say goodbye. Ralios already recieved better treatment then Chad. If this person is allowed to one day leave jail, steal another car and destroy another family, blood will be on all your hands. I hope that it isn’t your child, husband, wife, etc…….. that he kills someday in the future. Chad will not be available to save a life, maybe yours, but Mateo wil someday be out there to save yours or kill you.nSo a note to the judge and jury, THIS MAN TOOK A LIFE, DESTROYED A FAMILY AND IF YOU DECIDE TO LET HIM BACK IN SOCIETY, IT MAY BE YOUR FAMILY THAT IS NEXT.

  • CINDY IRVINE

    I am Chad Nelson, s aunt. My husband, Terry, and son, cousin Timmy, took Chad on every vacation. We celebrated every holiday with him. He was in our home weekly while he was growing up. We love him as much as own sons. We will never get to do these things with him again thanks to Ralios. This killer should be sentenced to an under ground prison for life, never to see the light of day as in the movie “The Count of Monte’ Cristo”. If he gets 17 years for the crimes he committed there is something wrong with our judicial system.

  • concerned citizen

    This is why our borders need to be controlled. What the papers aren’t mentioning is that this individual was more than likely an illegal alien. For anyone who want’s to pull the race card “google hit run” and you will see the overwhelming data connected to people who brazenly break our laws and suffer little or no consequences. nI am very sorry for this families loss, but I hope there are critical thinkers out there who will discuss what I am saying and put words into actions and pressure the politicians into enforcing our laws and implementing stiff penalties for people who have no regard for our laws or our countries citizens.