AKRON — Akron police said Wednesday that they had filed charges against a 33-year-old Akron man accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a Cuyahoga Falls man and seriously injured two others.
Sean Michael Blackburn, 33, of Sumatra Avenue, faces a second-degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, as well as drunk driving and other charges in connection with the April 7 crash.
Police said Blackburn was driving a 2008 Cadillac on North Main and Howard Street about 1:30 a.m. that morning when he crossed the center line and hit another vehicle carrying Thomas Leslein, 21, of Cuyahoga Falls and two others.
Leslein died at the accident scene. The two others, police said, were seriously injured.
Blackburn had a blood-alcohol level of .119, over the 0.08 legal limit, police said. In an Akron police report taken that night, an officer reported Blackburn told him he was too drunk to drive and had "three Heinekens and four Jager bombs" at a Cuyahoga Falls bar that night.
Blackburn was charged Tuesday and posted a $10,000 bond, according to Akron Municipal Court records. He could not be reached for comment.
According to his obituary, Leslein graduated from Archbishop Hoban High School in 2015.
An athlete his whole life, Leslein was coached by his father and went on to play volleyball at Baruch college in New York City, "where he lived the best year of his life," his obituary said.
His family set up a GoFundMe account after his death suggesting Leslein would want people to forgo sending flowers and instead made donations to a fund for the sister of his lifelong friend who was diagnosed with neauroblastoma, a type of cancer.
The fund aimed to raise $5,000.
On Wednesday, about two months after it began, the GoFundMe account had raised $23,889.
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