Police Say '2 Drunk 2 Care' Driver Had BAC of .15 in Fatal Crash

By Shawn Dwyer 01/08/14

Kaila Mendoza sent the ominous tweet hours before getting behind the wheel and killing two best friends in a head-on collision.

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Florida Highway Patrol have recently filed a search warrant in connection to a fatal crash in November 2013 involving 20-year-old Kaila Mendoza, who crashed head-on into a car carrying childhood friends, Kaitlyn Ferrante, 19, and Marisa Catronio, 21, both from Coral Springs, FL.

In the warrant, police stated that Mendoza’s blood alcohol level was .15 one hour after the crash, almost twice the legal limit in Florida. Christine Ferrante, Kaitlyn’s mother, always suspected Mendoza was drunk at the time of the crash, especially in light of her tweeting “2 drunk 2 care” just hours before the accident. “I’m very angry,” Ferrante said. “Now I can actually voice my opinion and say how angry I am to the fact that she actually got behind that wheel drunk. I want her to know the pain that I am suffering.”

Mendoza garnered wide attention for her numerous Twitter posts, where she described herself as a Pot Princess and tweeted about her hard-partying lifestyle, often saying things like “I break all my bongs cuz I have butter fingers” and “I have a test at 8am, why am I drunk right now.” Marisa’s father, Gary Catronio, said it was clear that Mendoza had made a series of poor choices on the night his daughter was killed. “It was her choice to get in the car and start it,” he said. “It was her choice to drive it. It was her choice to drive without a valid driver’s license. The choices were all hers. They were the wrong choices.”

Mendoza suffered two broken legs and serious brain injuries in the crash. Though police are still investigating, they confirmed that DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter charges are likely.

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