ELYRIA — Two people were seriously injured about 2:20 a.m. Sunday when police said the 2006 Chevy Silverado they were in crashed on the on-ramp to Interstate 90 west from state Route 57 north.
Driver Juan Palacios, who has an extensive dangerous driving record, lost control on the ramp, according to trooper David Dylag of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post. Palacios went sideways off the north side guard rail, with the driver’s side of the Silverado striking a tree before landing in a ditch.
“It actually hit it so hard that it folded the truck like into an L-shape,” Dylag said.
Both Palacios and passenger Linda Latorre were pinned in the Silverado, with Latorre unconscious and Palacios moaning, Dylag said. Latorre, 31, of Lorain, was removed quickly and was in critical condition Sunday night at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Firefighters needed two hours to remove Palacios, who was also in critical condition at MetroHealth.
An unopened bottle of a vodka drink was found in the Silverado, Dylag said. Blood tests of Palacios will be subpoenaed to see if he was drunk.
Palacios, 30, was convicted of drunken driving and driving without his lights in 2008. He was twice cited for speeding in 2010. Last year, Palacios was convicted of speeding, failure to maintain a safe distance, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and driving with insufficient lights.