Drunken driver sentenced to 18 years for crash that killed 2 Lakewood High School graduates
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 23-year-old Cleveland woman who pleaded guilty to driving drunk and killing two Lakewood High School graduates in a crash faced a Cuyahoga County judge for sentencing on Wednesday.
Judge John Sutula sentenced Selena Colon to a total of 18 years in prison.
“Any sentence I impose does not devalue the lives of Max and Alejandro, nor does it enhance it. That’s not the basis of their lives,” Judge Sutula said.
Lakewood police said an intoxicated Colon was driving over 90 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone when she crashed into the victims’ Subaru Outback along Clifton Boulevard in February.
Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado, both 19 years old, were ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. The impact split the Subaru they were in at the time in half.
“The crash scene photos are horrific, as if a bomb went off,” an attorney said on behalf of the victims.
Friends, family members, and immediate siblings delivered emotional victim impact statements before the sentencing.
“God knows she issued us the harshest sentence imaginable when she killed Max and Alejandro,” a victim’s relative said.
Court records show that Colon pleaded guilty in August to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, and driving while under the influence.
The vehicle assault charges stem from injuries to a passenger who was 18 years old at the time. Unlike Mercado and Close, he survived the crash.
In addition to the prison sentence, Colon’s driver’s license has been suspended for the rest of her life.
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