April 21, 2014

Mostly clear

Fatal crash victim served in Afghanistan

MEDINA — The 22-year-old man accused of causing the year’s first fatal car crash in Medina County is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Mateo Ralios Delacruz told police his name was Gilberto Ralios and his age was 20, said Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the patrol’s Medina post.

Mateo Ralios Delacruz

Chad Nelson

Ralios is accused of losing control of a stolen Ford Fusion while intoxicated on state Route 18 at 5:30 a.m. June 13. Haymaker said the vehicle crashed into a 1996 Chrysler LHS, injuring the driver and killing the passenger.

Haymaker said Ralios had a 0.123 blood-alcohol level at the time of crash. Ohio’s legal limit is 0.08.

The Ford Fusion was stolen from Montrose Ford, 3960 Medina Road, Copley Township, according to Ralios’ June 19 indictment.

Ralios, who did not have a driver’s license, was living in Fairlawn with family, Haymaker said.

Chad Nelson, 29, of Brunswick, died in the crash, and Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville, was injured. Kaskevic and Nelson were co-workers and carpooling to work.

Nelson, who recently moved from Columbus, was a truck driver for Fenix Fabrication in Akron.

Debra Nelson, Chad Nelson’s mother, said her son would be remembered for his sense of humor and talent in drawing.

“He had so many people who thought so much of him and loved him,” said Nelson, of Wheeling, W.Va. “He gave the tightest hugs.”

She said her son was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and he did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Debra Nelson said her son and his wife, Kristin Nelson, were in the middle of fixing up a house.

Chad Nelson was her youngest son. He has two brothers: Joey, 32, and Jamey, 31.

His funeral was June 19 at Waite & Son Funeral Home in Brunswick. He was buried June 20 at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Ralios was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

If convicted, Ralios could spend more than 17 years in prison.

His arraignment Monday was postponed a week to find a Spanish translator because Ralios doesn’t read or speak English.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

  • drl

    Undocumented? How about we call him what he is and that is an illegal alien. His family in Fairlawn should have thier immigration status checked as well as being charged with harboring a fugitive.

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  • Buffalo

    “If convicted, Ralios could spend more than 17 years in prison.” Um, how about we deport him back to Guatemala instead of having to pay for his “room and board?”

  • David Utley

    Let’s call this man what he is: AN ILLEGAL ALIEN!!! Ok, let’s see. The perp is an ILLEGAL from Guatemala that stole a car, without a license, got drunk, cannot speak our language and went left of center and killed someone. The victim was an American war veteran. We are going to spend $250,000 prosecuting and then another $1,000,000 housing this man. Hey Gazette, call it as it is and spare us the PC word salad.

  • Debra Nelson

    I’m Chad Nelson’s mother, the one that was killed in this terrible accident. If it’s true that, if you leave Guatemala, or maybe I should say escape, they have you killed when you are deported back there, then, as awful as it sounds, I totally agree to deport him; whatever it takes for Mateo Ralios Delacruz to pay for taking my son from me and my family and his friends and his wife and her family. Delacruz will NEVER know how he has torn ALL of us apart over this. And he could’ve been arraigned this past Monday which was delayed so they could get a translator for him because he doesn’t read or speak English…..what’s wrong with this picture….how long does it take to figure that one out….So, now the arraignment will be on Monday, July 1st, and you watch him plead not guilty. I figure he will so that later on they can make him a deal if he pleads guilty. My opinion is that he should get no deals. In fact, the consequences should be worse for him because he is an “illegal alien.” Prosecute the bastard to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Sick and tired

    This is the fault of Obama, Bush, McCain, Rubio, the entire Democrat party and the RINOs. If this federal government doesn’t enforce our phucking laws and our sovereignty, then it is no longer a legitimate government!

  • J.D.

    I am so, so, so, so, so sorry for your loss. I’ve sent the article around to many people and will do everything in my power to make sure this does not happen to other families. Just know that millions of Americans are completely on your side.nnn– A Concerned Citizen

  • amberdru

    I live in Ohio and did not see this on the news. So, I assume the “family” is illegal too? Will anyone be deported?

  • Tanya_41

    Doesn’t even know how to speak English, stole a car, here illegally, killed and injured two innocent men and he only faces 17 years? Really? Come on!

  • daddysgrl54

    Mrs. Nelson, My heart any one that is a United states citizen if they have a heart should understand what just happened..I am so sorry for your loss Mam…I hope and pray you and your family will have Gods help in helping you cope with the loss of a treasured life Your Son….At this point and time No matter what any one says it will not help..So just know so many are here for you..God Bless you and may he hold you ever so gently in your time of need..