CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Rita Castro gets emotional thinking about the enormous void left behind after her 29-year-old cousin, Oscar Deleon, was killed by a suspected drunken driver.
Deleon leaves behind a fiance, as well as 2- and 3-year-old daughters.
“They are just a spitting image of them. You just look at them, and you see him,” Castro said through tears.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that 48-year-old Richard Dublin is suspected of driving drunk when he tried to pass another car as he drove along State Route 82 on Saturday night.
Dublin, investigators said, hit Deleon head on.
Both drivers were pronounced dead on the scene.
“It’s rough because they are not going to see what a great dad he was - how much he loved and cared for them,” added Castro.
Deleon had just left his job as a cook at the Rosewood Grill in Strongsville when the deadly crash happened.
Dublin, the suspected drunken driver investigators said, was leaving a party.
Dublin, the highway patrol confirmed, was driving without a valid driver’s license. He has numerous traffic violations on his record.
Amazingly, Deleon’s family said they forgive Dublin.
"My dad wrote a post the other day. He was right. We can't be mad at the family because they didn't have anything to do with - he said if Mr. Dublin were here, we would want him to know that we forgive him because that's what Jesus would do, and we are not the only ones who lost someone that night. We pray for their family as well," said Castro.
There is a Gofundme account set up to help pay for Oscar Deleon’s funeral expenses.