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Driver dead in Lorain crash was under influence

Posted at 8:10 AM, Mar 08, 2016

A man who died after crashing his car in Lorain on Sunday is believed to have been under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when the incident happened, police said. 

According to authorities, police responded to 836 Meister Road at around 4:26 a.m. regarding a one-car crash. 

Preliminary investigation revealed the 2003 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Meister Road approaching the intersection of Regina Avenue when the driver, 25-year-old Joshua Saltis, failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

Police said Saltis traveled left of center and ran off the roadway. He then struck the curb, continued onto the front yard of a home on the 3200 block of Tressa Avenue, and crashed into a bush and a flowerbed enclosed with bricks.

Saltis, of Lorain, was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he died Sunday night. 

The passenger in the car -- a 35-year-old -- was also taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released. 

Police said they believe Saltis was driving the car while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Saltis also did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the crash. 

Police are investigating.