Alleged impaired driver charged with hitting, killing 2 young Lakewood men held on $100,000 bond

Alleged impaired driver charged with hitting, killing 2 young Lakewood men held on $100,000 bond

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 23-year-old woman accused of killing two Lakewood men in an apparent drunken driving crash was in court on Friday morning.

The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge set bond at $100,000 for Selena Colon on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and driving while under the influence.

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The prosecution in the case claimed that, on Feb. 21, Colon was intoxicated and driving over 60 miles per hour on a residential street when she crashed into a car, killing 19-year-olds Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado, both 2020 graduates of Lakewood High School.

Close’s parents were in court on Friday to speak about Colon’s bond.

“I want to make sure, that regardless of this outcome, that she understands that it is her responsibility to bring back some of the life that she stole out of this world,” Sarah Close, Maximus’ mother, said with Colon in the courtroom.

Alejandro Mercado (left) and Maximus Close (right) were killed in a crash on Sunday, February 21 in Lakewood
Alejandro Mercado (left) and Maximus Close (right) were killed in a crash on Sunday, February 21 in Lakewood (Source: WOIO/Burch Funeral Home)

A third person in the car with Close and Mercado was injured, but survived.

In addition to the bond, Solon’s driving privileges will be revoked in the interim and drug and alcohol assessments will be conducted.

Colon is expected to return to court for her next hearing on May 14.

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