(Medina) - The Medina Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a two vehicle, fatal crash on State Route 18.

It happened between Beach Road and SR 94, Granger Township at 5:28 a.m. Thursday.

Eric Kaskevic, 34, of Strongsville was driving a 1996 Chrysler LHS. He had one passenger, Chad Nelson, 29, of Columbus.

Gilberto Ralios, 20, was driving a Ford Fusion westbound on State Route 18, drove left of center striking Mr. Kaskevic’s eastbound vehicle head-on.

Ralios’s vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. He was freed from the vehicle by two good Samaritans that stopped to assist at the scene.

Both Ralios and Nelson were transported by Medevac helicopter to Akron General Hospital where Nelson died. Mr. Kaskevic was transported by Life Flight Ground to Cleveland Metro Hospital where he remains in fair condition.

 Seatbelts were used and alcohol appears to be a factor in this fatal crash.

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