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Akron police: Drunk driver charged in crash that killed 21-year-old man

Posted at 2:57 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 15:03:04-04

An Akron man has been charged in connection with a driving drunk incident and crash that police say caused the death of a 21-year-old Cuyahoga Falls resident.

According to authorities, 33-year-old Sean Michael Blackburn, of Sumatra Avenue, Akron, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

On April 7, Blackburn was allegedly driving his car on North Main Street while intoxicated, police said. Blackburn crossed over the center lane and hit another vehicle. Thomas Leslein, 21, died as a result of the crash. Two other occupants in Leslein's car were seriously injured.

Blackburn denied involvement in the crash and said he wasn't driving. "I'm too drunk to drive," Blackburn told officers, according to a police report. The report states Blackburn said he drank three beers and had four Jägerbombs. He also claimed he didn't know who he was.

Blackburn told authorities another bar patron had been driving his car and he had been sleeping when the crash occurred. Officers found the car keys inside Blackburn's pants pocket.

Blackburn's blood alcohol level was 0.119 percent the night of the crash, the police report said.