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Man pleads guilty to crash that killed student on the way home from prom

By KAYLEE REMINGTON • Jun 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

ELYRIA (TNS) — A Grafton man pleaded guilty in a crash that killed a fellow Midview High School classmate as they drove home from prom.

Chase Johnson, who authorities say was high on marijuana at the time of the crash, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in the May 21, 2017 crash that killed Lindsey Mae Rotuno, according to Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Rothgery’s office.

Prosecutors dismissed charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and drugged driving charges as part of a plea deal, Rothgery's office said.

Rothgery is expected to sentence Johnson at 2 p.m. Aug. 15.

The prosecutor’s office conferred with Rotuno’s family and agreed to recommend a sentence of probation. Rothgery can decide whether to accept the recommendation or impose his own punishment.

Johnson crashed a 2004 Saturn Ion on Ohio 82 near Ohio 57.

Blood tests showed Johnson had enough marijuana in his system to be legally impaired, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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