Woman enters guilty plea in DUI crash that killed two Lakewood teens


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A 23-year-old charged in the deaths of two Lakewood teens in a drunk driving crash changed her plea to guilty Thursday morning.

Selena Colon was indicted on multiple charges including aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado.

Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado

On February 21, investigators say Colon was driving under the influence and hit speeds of 90 mph in a 35mph zone in Lakewood.

Selena Colon

The vehicle she was driving crashed into the teens’ car.

The impact split the victims’ car in half and caused the teens to be ejected.

Both teenagers were pronounced dead at the scene. They had just graduated high school a few months prior.

A third victim, 18, was seriously injured.

Colon entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, 1 count of aggravated vehicular assault, and one count of driving under the influence.

Selena Colon plea hearing, August 18, 2021

The judge said in her case he did not consider earned days of credit to be applicable.

She faces up to 25 years in prison total on all counts.

The plea dismissed 3 charges from the original indictment that came down in March.

She’ll be held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing, which is set for October 6.

She was arraigned in April, at which time she entered a not guilty plea.

She heard from Close’s parents who were there to argue that she be held on a higher bond.

Selena Colon arraignment

“I understand that Selena’s family is probably hurting too, but they still get to have her here. They get to talk to her,” Sara Close said.

“One day they get to hug her again, and we will not get that.”

“That was stolen from us,” she continued.

“She stole Max’s light, and she stole Alejandro’s light. And they were really, really great lights in a world that gets really, really dark sometimes,” she said.

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