On Sunday, February 21st, a 23-year-old woman killed two high school graduates in a fatal DUI crash in Lakewood. The police said the woman was driving while impaired and speeding when she crashed into the vehicle the teenagers were traveling in.
A news report on February 23 disclosed that Selena Colon of North Royalton appeared before a Lakewood Municipal Court. She faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle under the influence, and speeding.
In their preliminary report, the police said they suspected the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the incident happened. The police said they took Colon to MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland but did not disclose if she suffered any injury.
Maximus Close and Alejandro Mercado, both 19, died at the crash scene on Clifton Boulevard near Fry Avenue. The investigators said the suspect drove at 80 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, and she did not have her headlights on.
The report placed Colon in a 2020 Toyota Camry eastbound on Clifton. She collided with the 2006 Subaru Outback driven by Close as he turned from Fry Ave. onto the boulevard. A third passenger in the teenagers’ car survived with injuries.
The teens graduated from Lakewood High School in 2020. There is no additional information about the fatal DUI crash in Lakewood at this time.
Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Intoxicants like alcohol affect the brain’s cognitive function, which leads to reckless behavior and ultimately crashes. In Ohio, drivers must keep their blood alcohol concentration below .08%.
Anything from that number and above is a criminal offense with dire consequences. Without an accident, the driver faces license suspension and fines. But with a collision and death, they will get jail time. Consult an Ohio car accident lawyer if arrested for DUI.