Mackenzie Shirilla is a 19-year-old woman from Strongsville, Ohio who was recently found guilty of murder in a deadly car crash that occurred in July 2022.
The crash killed two people, Shirilla’s boyfriend Dominic Russo and his friend Davion Flanagan.
Shirilla was convicted on 12 counts, including four counts of murder, four counts of felonious assault, and two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.
The trial was a bench trial, meaning that a judge rather than a jury made the decision.
According to reports, Shirilla deliberately crashed her car at 100 mph, leading to the deaths of Russo and Flanagan.
The judge who presided over the trial described Shirilla’s actions as “literal hell on wheels”.
Shirilla was also found guilty of drug possession in connection with the crash. The verdict was announced on August 13, 2023, and Shirilla was taken into custody.
Mackenzie Shirilla car video
Judge Nancy Margaret Russo sentenced Shirilla to 12 years to life in prison for the 2022 hit-and-run that killed Flanagan and Russo.
Flanagan was in the front seat of the 2018 Toyota Camry, while Russo was in the back seat, and Shirilla was driving.
The three of them had been drinking marijuana at a friend’s house before the crash, and according to Cleve Land, Shirilla had THC levels above the legal limit for driving in Ohio.
According to prosecutors, Shirilla was traveling at a normal rate of speed on Progress Drive near Progress Drive Business Park when she suddenly accelerated and jerked the car to the right at 100 mph before colliding with a brick building.
The impact sent the two passengers tumbling forward, with Shirilla’s furry Prada slipper attached to the gas pedal, trapping them in the mangled wreckage.
Her mother has said that Shirilla plans to appeal the verdict. GoFundMe pages have been set up to support Flanagan and Russo’s families.
Shirilla’s video has gone viral, and it’s been shared by people all over the world.
It’s a testament to how social media can be used to bring people together to support one another in times like these.
While this is a terrible tragedy, it’s also a testament to how quickly people can come together to help one another.