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.
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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.
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.