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Coroner rules teen was drunk before fatal crash


EATON TWP. — Dominic Zunis was well over the legal limit of alcohol consumption when he crashed his car into a pond on Mennell Road and state Route 57 and was killed, according to the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s report.

Another Grafton teenager is facing several alcohol-related charges after an investigation into the circumstances of the 18-year-old Zunis’ death.

According to the report filed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Zunis’s blood-alcohol contest was 0.172.

The legal limit for blood-alcohol content in Ohio is 0.08 for a person 21 years or older, and 0.02 percent for a person under the age of 21.

Zunis, who was 18 and a recent graduate of Midview High School, crashed into the pond around 7:15 a.m. March 23 after driving through a stop sign at state Route 57. The Ohio Highway Patrol suspected alcohol use at the time because Zunis smelled of alcohol, and it was reported that he was drinking that evening.

Now, a 19-year-old Grafton teenager, who has not been named, is facing several charges related to the accident investigation.

Patrol Sgt. Tim Hoffman could not comment on the specifics of the investigation, but he said the teenager faces several alcohol-related misdemeanor charges, including person under 21 knowingly possessing alcohol, person under 21 under the influence of alcohol in a public place, knowingly consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and allowing someone under the age of 21 to knowingly possess alcohol.

Hoffman said no charges have been filed yet, because the case is under review by the prosecutor.

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