‘She stole Max’s life’: Woman charged in deaths of two Lakewood teens faces family during hearing

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A 23-year-old woman charged in a drunk driving crash that killed two teens in February was arraigned Friday morning.

Selena Colon

Selena Colon faces multiple charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado, both 19.

Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado

The teens had just graduated from Lakewood High School in 2020. 

Max’s parents spoke in court.

“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.

“I want to make sure that regardless of this outcome that she understands it is now her responsibility to bring back some of the light that she took out of this world,” she said in an emotional plea to the court.

“She stole Max’s life,” Sara said.

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

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.

A third victim, 18, was seriously injured.

Colon was indicted in March on the following charges:

  • Four counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide
  • Two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault
  • One count of Driving While Under the Influence

Max’s parents were there to ask for a higher bond amount.

The judge did not grant it.

Her bond was continued at $100,000.

Her pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 14.

Her driving privileges have also been revoked.

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