Alcohol Suspected in Deadly Medina Crash

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MEDINA, Ohio — One person is dead and two others were injured after a wrong-way crash on State Route 18 early Thursday morning.

It happened just before 5:30 a.m. between SR 18 between Beech Road and SR 94 in Granger Township.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the driver of a Ford Fusion vehicle crossed the center line and struck another car, head-on. The driver who allegedly caused the collision, Gilberto Ralios, 20, became trapped in his car after it burst into flames.

A couple of bystanders used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze, then pulled him from the wreckage, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

Ralios was was taken to a local hospital, where his condition is unknown.

Two other people in the Chrysler LHS that was hit head-on were flown by medical helicopter to local hospitals.

The passenger, Chad Nelson, 29 of Columbus, died at the hospital. The driver, Eric Kaskevic, 34 of Strongsville, was last listed in fair condition.

One lane in each direction along SR 18 was closed for a time after the crash. The lanes have since reopened.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said seatbelts were used, but alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

— reporters Jessica Dabrowski and Monica Volante contributed to this report.