Ohio Teenager Kills Boyfriend, Friend By Slamming Car Into Wall At 100 MPH
Mackenzie Shirilla, then 17, “had a mission, and she executed it with precision,” the judge said.
An Ohio teenager, reportedly distraught over her relationship, slammed her Toyota Camry into a commercial building after reaching speeds of 100 mph, killing her boyfriend and a friend.
Mackenzie Shirilla, 19, recently was convicted on multiple charges — including two counts of murder as well as felonious assault, aggravated vehicular homicide, drug possession, and possession of criminal tools — and sentenced to two 15-years-to-life sentences in prison, to be served concurrently.
Judge Russo called Shirilla “literal hell on wheels” when she found her guilty following a bench trial. “She had a mission, and she executed it with precision. The mission was death.”
Shirilla was accused of intentionally crashing into a brick wall around 5:30 a.m. on July 31, 2022. The accident in Strongsville killed Shirilla’s boyfriend, Dominic Russo, 20, and her friend, 19-year-old, Davion Flanagan, CBS News reported.
“There's only one person who's responsible for the pain of every person in this room and that person is you, Mackenzie," Cuyahoga County Judge Margaret Russo told the teenager at a sentencing hearing last month.
Judge Russo, who is not related to victim Dominic Russo, noted the defendant’s actions were the direct result of a “selfish, intentional and cruel decision.”
Despite Shirilla becoming eligible for parole in 15 years, Judge Russo stated she did not believe the defendant would be released at that time.
In court, Shirilla apologized to both the victims and their families. “I'm so deeply sorry," Shirilla read from a statement. “I hope one day you can see I would never let this happen or do it on purpose.”
Shirilla, who was 17 at the time of the accident and tried as an adult in the case, claimed she couldn’t remember what happened, NBC News reported.
“We were all friends, and Dom was my soul mate,” she said. “I wish I could take all your pain away. And to my family, thank you for the support and all the love you guys give. I love you all so much.”
According to CBS News, Angelo Russo claimed in court Shirilla killed his brother “in cold blood” because she couldn’t stand “the thought of losing him.” As a result, he added, she made her friend, Flanagan, “collateral damage.”
Frank Russo said in an interview with NBC News that the deadly crash involving his son was “horrible for everybody.”
“But,” he said, “I don’t want the rest of her life ruined, too. It isn’t going to make me feel any better.”