An Ohio Teen Drove 100 MPH Into a Building and Killed Her Boyfriend. Then, a Judge Called Her ‘Literal Hell on Wheels’ and Convicted Her of Murder.

Ohio Teen Dubbed 'Hell on Wheels' Sentenced to 15 Years to Life
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Dominic Russo; Davion Flanagan

Aug. 15 2023, Published 4:03 p.m. ET

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A 19-year-old Ohio woman has been convicted by a judge for intentionally crashing her car into a brick wall last year, causing the death of her boyfriend and another passenger.

On July 31, 2022, Mackenzie Shirilla, who was 17 at the time, drove her 2018 Toyota Camry 100 mph into a building, WKYC reported.

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First responders arrived at the scene and found three people inside the vehicle — Shirilla, her boyfriend, Dominic Russo, and Davion Flanagan.

All three were unconscious and not breathing, officials said. Russo and Flanagan were pronounced dead at the scene but Shirilla survived.

On Aug. 14, moments before announcing her decision in the bench trial, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Margaret Russo said, “This was not reckless driving. This was murder,” WKYC reported.

While announcing her verdict, Russo said, “The video clearly shows the purpose and intent of the defendant. She chose a course of death and destruction that day.”

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Shirilla was found guilty of murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and felonious assault. Russo said Shirilla had “a mission” and executed it “with precision.”

"She morphs from a responsible driver to literal hell on wheels as she makes her way down the street," Russo said. "Mackenzie alone made the decision to drive the car, to drive an obscure route, a route she visited a few days before, and a route not routinely taken by her. Mackenzie alone chose a time to make the drive, early in the morning, when any reasonable person would expect a few people would be nearby to witness it or offer life-saving assistance."

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During the trial, prosecutors said Shirilla crashed the vehicle to end her toxic relationship with Russo, WKYC reported.

After the verdict, Shirilla’s mother told WKYC she was shocked by the murder conviction and completely disagrees with the judge and wants an appeal.

Shirilla is set to be sentenced on Aug. 21, officials said.


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