‘2 Drunk 2 Care’ Driver Makes First Court Appearance
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The self-proclaimed Pothead Princess, who infamously tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” hours before killing two best friends in a wrong-way collision in November, made her first appearance in court after being arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Kayla Mendoza, 21, was brought to Broward Main Jail in South Florida in a police-escorted ambulance and was wheeled inside on a stretcher because she is still suffering from injuries sustained in the crash five months ago.
Mendoza was 20 years old at the time of the collision and had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. After sending her infamous tweet, Mendoza went the wrong way down the Sawgrass Expressway and plowed into a Toyota Camry that was carrying best friends Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio. Catronio was in the passenger seat and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ferrante died days later from her injuries at Broward Health North Hospital. Both were 21.
"She changed the lives of our family forever," said Gary Catronio. "You took my baby girl. You took my wife's best friend. You made bad decisions that night. The right decision was to have a friend drive you home."
Earlier in the year, Mendoza earned nationwide attention for her numerous Twitter posts that boasted about her party girl lifestyle. She described herself as a so-called Pot Princess, and sent tweets like “I break all my bongs cuz I have butter fingers” and “I have a test at 8am, why am I drunk right now.”
Alongside vehicular manslaughter, Mendoza faces charges of manslaughter and driving without a license. Seeing her finally put behind bars gave the victims' grieving parents some degree of relief. "I don't want her to ever feel the sunshine ever," said Kaitlyn’s mother, Christine Ferrante. "I want her to stay locked away forever."