Teen Sentenced for Fatal Car Crash that Killed Boyfriend

Teen Sentenced for Fatal Car Crash that Killed Boyfriend_Mackenzie Shirilla crying in court

An Ohio teenag­er was recent­ly giv­en a prison term for her role in a dead­ly vehi­cle col­li­sion that killed her boyfriend and anoth­er passenger. 

19-year-old Macken­zie Shir­il­la received a sen­tence of 15 years to life after being found guilty on mul­ti­ple charges includ­ing murder.

The inci­dent occurred in July 2022 when Shir­il­la was dri­ving a car with her boyfriend Dominic Rus­so, 20, and their friend Davion Flana­gan, 19. Accord­ing to author­i­ties, Shir­il­la lost con­trol of the vehi­cle and crashed into a brick build­ing going approx­i­mate­ly 100 mph. Both Rus­so and Flana­gan trag­i­cal­ly did not sur­vive the high speed impact.

Dur­ing the sub­se­quent tri­al, pros­e­cu­tors argued that Shir­il­la had inten­tion­al­ly crashed the car in order to end her rela­tion­ship with Rus­so. Sur­veil­lance footage was pre­sent­ed that appeared to show Shir­il­la accel­er­at­ing direct­ly into the struc­ture. Tox­i­col­o­gy reports also indi­cat­ed she had THC in her sys­tem above the legal dri­ving limit.

When deliv­er­ing the sen­tence, Judge Nan­cy Mar­garet Rus­so said the crash was a “mis­sion” car­ried out with “pre­ci­sion” rather than a reck­less acci­dent. Shir­il­la main­tained her inno­cence and apol­o­gized to the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies in court. She plans to appeal the guilty verdict.

The trag­ic event under­stand­ably left both fam­i­lies griev­ing the loss of the two young men. Memo­r­i­al fundrais­ers were orga­nized online to help cov­er funer­al costs. Traf­fic safe­ty experts cau­tion all dri­vers to stay focused, obey speed lim­its, and avoid impaired oper­a­tion to pre­vent fur­ther loss of life on our roadways.

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