Drugs suspected in crash that killed two Lorain women

Staff Report

Two passengers were killed early Saturday when a sedan was smashed between a truck and heavy-duty van at the crossing of routes 58 and 113.

Maria Maldonado, 58, of Lorain, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, which was waiting to turn left from Rt. 113 west.

She died around 7:05 a.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Matthew Glaze, 42, of Elyria, rammed the car from the back and sent it lurching ahead into a 1976 Chevrolet van, also waiting at the light, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Iris Candelario, also 58 and of Lorain, was sitting directly in back of Maldonado in the Cruze. She was flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she died later that afternoon from her injuries, state troopers said.

Glaze was taken to University Hospitals in Amherst while Lizette Valdez, 48, of Lorain, who had been driving the Cruze, was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. Both had non-incapacitating injuries.

Ronnie Thompson, 60, of Lorain, was was driving the van at the front of the three-vehicle wreck, was treated and released at the scene.

Thompson, Valdez, Maldonado, and Candelario were all using seat belts at the time of the crash. Glaze was not, according to troopers.

Investigators don’t believe alcohol was a factor in the crash — but they do think drugs played a role.

Staff Report