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Grafton man indicted in prom crash

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ELYRIA — A Grafton man who was behind the wheel in a car crash that killed Midview High School junior Lindsey Rotuno has been indicted on aggravated vehicular homicide.

Chase Johnson, 18, was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle under influence of alcohol and/or drug of abuse and two counts of operating a vehicle under influence of a controlled substance, according to the indictment that was filed Wednesday.

Johnson was the driver of a 2007 Saturn Ion that was traveling westbound on state Route 82 in Eaton Township following an after-prom event when it went into a grassy median at the state Route 57 intersection a little after 3 a.m. May 21, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. The vehicle struck two utility poles and came to a stop.

Johnson, who was a senior at Midview at the time of the crash, was wearing a seat belt and was injured in the crash, while Rotuno, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, received fatal injuries.

Toxicology reports from the crash showed Johnson had about 49.66 nanograms per milliliter of blood of marijuana metabolites in his system.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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