Victim’s father grateful for support, now spreading message of love after crash that killed 2 teens in Lakewood (full interview)

Victim’s father grateful for support, now spreading message of love after crash that killed 2 teens in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - The father of one of the two 19-year-olds killed by a suspected drunk driver in Lakewood early Sunday told 19 News he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the entire community.

“I wish it didn’t take this to see it but I don’t ever want to forget that because it’s so positive. I really, really, really love everybody that’s reached out to us,” said Brock Close.

Watch the entire raw interview below.

Father of 19-year-old killed in Lakewood crash speaks to 19 News

His son, Max Close, along with Alejandro Mercado, both 19, were killed instantly.

“They made everybody happy and that’s what I’m going to have to do with my life now and I’m happy to do it,” Close told 19 News.

Police said Selena Colon, 23, of North Royalton was speeding down Clifton Boulevard around 2:20 a.m. Sunday. Investigators believe she was drunk and did not have her headlights on.

Lakewood police said she caused a crash which killed two 19-year-olds.
Lakewood police said she caused a crash which killed two 19-year-olds. (Source: Solon police)

Close was attempting to turn onto Clifton from Fry Avenue when his car was hit by Colon.

Both Close and Mercado were thrown from the vehicle.

An 18-year-old was also in the car; he was treated and released.

Colon did not have any passengers.

She’s now facing felony vehicular homicide and OVI charges.

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