On Thursday, Mateo Ralios, 22, pleaded guilty to several charges related to an alcohol-fueled crash that took the life of a 29-year-old Army veteran.
On June 13, the stolen Ford Fusion Ralios was driving crossed the center line on Route 18 in Granger Township, and collided head-on with a vehicle in which Chad M. Nelson, was a passenger.
Nelson, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, was taken to Akron General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Plain Dealer reported:
The crash "took away my precious boy, my youngest, my baby boy," Debra Nelson, his mother told The Plain Dealer in July.
"I still can't grasp the reality that Chad is gone, that I will never feel his tight hugs ever again, that I will never see his handsome face ever again, that I'll never... well the list goes on and on."
At the time of his arrest, Ralios had a blood alcohol level of .123, according to court documents.
Through an interpreter, Ralios pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, and one count of receiving stolen property.
When sentenced next month, the Guatemalan national could face up to 17 years in prison.
Despite his illegal status in this country, Ralios was working in an Akron restaurant at the time of the fatal crash.