December 22, 2014

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Patrol: Driver in double-fatal crash was drunk

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Eaton Township Fire Department respond to a single car crash that killed two men last night on North Reed Road in Eaton Township. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Ohio State Highway Patrol and Eaton Township Fire Department respond to a single car crash that killed two men on Sept. 1 on North Reed Road in Eaton Township. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

EATON TOWNSHIP — The driver of a vehicle in which two North Ridgeville men died earlier this month was intoxicated.

The Elyria post of the Ohio Highway Patrol released results of blood alcohol testing done on Timothy Keating and Paul D. Sonego.

Test results from blood samples taken from the night of the fatal crash showed Keating, 47, had a blood alcohol content of 0.212, according to the release issued by Sgt. Tim Hoffman.

Sonego, 55, had a blood alcohol content of 0.073.

The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Ohio is 0.08.

Testing was performed by the Ohio Highway Patrol Crime Lab.

The two men died of injuries received when Keating lost control of his 1965 Chrysler New Yorker and swerved off North Reed Road just south of Brokaw Road in Eaton Township on the evening Sept. 1, according to the patrol.

The car flipped onto its hood after going over a ditch.

Witnesses told authorities an all-terrain vehicle was observed at the scene of the crash, but police were unsure at the time if Keating swerved his car to avoid hitting the ATV, or the vehicle arrived after the accident occurred.

Hoffman was not available for comment Sunday night.

Keating and Sonego were next door neighbors who lived on Root Road, about three miles from the site of the accident.

Keating worked as an elevator and escalator mechanic. He was the father of two children, 7 and 9.

Sonego was an executive chef for AVI Foodsystems Inc.

It was the sixth alcohol- or drug-related vehicular fatality in Lorain County this year, according to the patrol.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.