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Victim’s family sues over fatal crash


ELYRIA — The family of a woman killed in a 2012 car crash has sued the driver and others.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court against Juan T. Palacios; his father, who owns the car, who also is named Juan Palacios; and two insurance companies.

Juan T. Palacios, 32, was driving a 2006 Chevy Silverado north on the state Route 57 ramp to Interstate 90 when he lost control of the pickup, which went sideways into a guardrail and hit a tree before landing in a ditch on May 20, 2012.

Linda Latorre, 31, a passenger in the vehicle, later died from injuries she sustained in the crash.

Prosecutors have said Palacios, who faces criminal charges in the case, had a blood alcohol level of 0.16, twice the legal driving limit.


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