Gahanna police charged Abel Saucedo with aggravated vehicular homicide after a Nov. 19 crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old.

Gahanna police charged Abel Saucedo with aggravated vehicular homicide after a Nov. 19 crash that claimed the life of a 19-year-old.

According to Gahanna police, Max Walters was found severely injured in the passenger seat of his 1996 Jeep Cherokee that crashed into a tree on Howland Drive shortly after 1 a.m. Nov. 19.

Police say they think the Jeep went off the right side of the road and struck a mailbox in front of 394 Howland Drive prior to striking a tree in front of the same address. The Jeep then rolled about 15 feet until it came to rest in front of 388 Howland Drive, according to police reports.

Police found Walters unconscious and unresponsive. Mifflin Rescue Unit 131 pronounced him dead at 1:26 a.m., after cutting him from the wreckage.

Police were notified that the driver, later determined to be Saucedo, fled the area northbound on foot.

About 12 hours after the crash, Gahanna police found 20-year-old Saucedo trying to hide in the backseat of a vehicle they had pulled over during a routine traffic stop, according to police.

The officer immediately identified Saucedo. According to reports, Saucedo appeared to be injured, but he refused medical treatment.

Police then arrested him and charged him with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Police say alcohol might have been a factor in the fatal crash. While at the Gahanna police station, Saucedo informed police he isn’t a legal U.S. citizen but that he has been living in the United States since he was 6 years old, according to police reports.

A Franklin County judge set his bond at $250,000.

Police said the two men were friends and had resided together at 844 Caroway Blvd.

Walters, who previously lived in Florida, was close to several of his fellow Hamilton Road McDonald’s crewmembers, who created a makeshift memorial at the site of his death.

Grief counseling was offered last week for his co-workers. Gahanna-Jefferson schools public-information officer Michael Straughter said Saucedo is a 2011 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate. He’s from Michoacán, Mexico.

Walters had attended Rutherford High School in Panama City, Fla.

“This truly is a sad, heartbreaking incident for both families,” Straughter said.