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Trooper: Charges likely in Route 57 crash

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ELYRIA — Charges are likely in a Sunday crash that sent two people to the hospital, said Lt. Travis Hughes of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Linda Latorre, 31, of Lorain, remained in critical condition Tuesday at Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center after Sunday’s crash. The driver, Juan Palacios, 30, also of Lorain, is recovering at MetroHealth and was in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said.

According to the patrol, Palacios was traveling westbound on the ramp from state Route 57 northbound to Interstate 90 westbound when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy Silverado.

Troopers said Palacios went sideways into the north side guardrail. The vehicle then struck a tree before landing in a ditch.

Latorre was removed quickly from the wreckage, according to police, but firefighters needed two hours to remove Palacios.

Police said an unopened bottle of vodka was found in the vehicle. Hughes said blood tests of Palacios will be subpoenaed to determine if he was drinking.

Hughes said Palacios likely will be charged with failure to control and driving under the influence, depending on the test results.

Palacios was convicted of driving under the influence and driving without lights in 2008. He also has previous convictions for speeding, failure to maintain a safe distance, disorderly conduct while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.



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