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Driver charged in crash that killed two Lakewood teens

Police say she was drinking before crash
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Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 18:57:21-05

LAKEWOOD, Ohio  — Lakewood police charged a 23-year old woman with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide Monday in the crash that killed two Lakewood teens early Sunday morning.

Investigators said Selena Colon was driving east on Clifton Boulevard when her Toyota Camry slammed into a Subaru that was turning onto Clifton Boulevard from Fry Avenue just after 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

The driver of that Subaru, 19-year old Max Close, and a 19-year old passenger, Alejandro Mercado died at the scene.

An 18-year old passenger who police said was riding in the front seat was treated at the hospital and released.

"Much of the crash itself is still under investigation," said Lakewood Police Captain William Albrecht. "We're still trying to determine some of the causative factors. However, one thing that we have determined or we firmly believe at this point, is that Ms. Colon was under the influence of alcohol while driving her vehicle."

Police said the force of the collision split the Subaru in half.

According to court records, police believed Colon was driving 80 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone.

"In 25 plus years of doing this, it's probably one of the most violent crashes I've seen," said Albrecht.

According to court records, Colon refused a blood alcohol test. Police said they obtained a search warrant for a blood draw to determine her blood alcohol content at the time of the crash.

Those results are not available yet according to investigators.

Colon remained in the hospital Monday recovering from injuries sustained in the crash.

Police said the crash reinforces the dangers of drinking and driving.

"I'm sure nobody involved with this had any intent of having an accident that night," said Albrecht. "Unfortunately, from somebody's reckless activities lives are changed forever."

Police said Monday additional charges are likely.

A GoFundMe was created for the families of both of the victims killed in the crash.

To help the Mercado family, click here. To help the Close family, click here.