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Grand jury indicts Cleveland woman for drunk-driving crash that killed 2 Lakewood teens

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 10:20:04-04

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old Cleveland woman for a drunk-driving crash that killed two Lakewood teenagers in February.

Selena Colon, 23, of Cleveland, has been charged with four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of driving while under the influence.

On Feb. 21, Colon was driving eastbound on Clifton Avenue when she crashed into a Subaru that was turning westbound onto Clifton Avenue from Fry Avenue, authorities said.

The impact of the crash split the Subaru in half, ejecting both passengers.

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.

Investigators said Colon was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. She did not have her headlights on and was driving at speeds that exceeded 90 mph.

“Ms. Colon was drunk-driving over 90 mph in a 35 mph zone. This resulted in the death of two wonderful friends and their families left in total anguish,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “She will be held accountable.”

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