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Highway Patrol: Driver had marijuana in his system at time of crash that killed student after prom

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Posted at 8:54 AM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 12:54:50-04

The driver of a car that crashed in Eaton Township in May, killing a Midview High School student, had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Officials say toxicology reports revealed 18-year-old Chase Johnson "had enough marijuana in his system to be considered legally intoxicated."

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Johnson had 49.66 ng/ml +/- 3.47 ng/ml of marihuana metabolite in his whole blood at the time the sample was obtained. Under Ohio Revised Code section 4511.19A1(j)(viii)(I), a person is considered legally impaired if “the person has a concentration of marihuana metabolite in the person’s whole blood or blood serum or plasma of at least five nanograms of marihuana metabolite per milliliter of the persons whole blood or blood serum or plasma.”    

The lab results will be forwarded to the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of charges. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, once the case is reviewed, Johnson will be charged appropriately.     

Lindsey Mae Rotuno, 17, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

The two were headed back from Strongsville after attending the school's after prom.

The crash happened on State Route 82 around 3:11 a.m. Johnson was driving westbound when he entered the median at the intersection of State Route 57, hitting two utility poles. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Officials said Rotuno was not wearing a seat belt.