Kayla Mendoza's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal level at the time of the accident
On Nov. 16, 2013, Kayla Mendoza was driving the wrong way down the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Florida, at between 84 and 96 miles per hour, CBS News reports. The then-20-year-old’s blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit, and she also had marijuana in her system, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
She collided with another car, an accident that cost Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante, both 21, their lives. Mendoza had, hours earlier, Tweeted “2 drunk 2 care,” which she later said was directed at her boyfriend. The pair had reportedly been fighting on the evening in question.
On Monday, Mendoza was sentenced to 24 years in prison, six years of probation, and the permanent revocation of her license, according to CBS News. In February, she pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter.
In a video deposition, Mendoza said she has no recollection of driving that night, or of the crash. She did remember going out for drinks with coworkers, and a receipt shows that she drank two large house margaritas and two other drinks of Patron tequila. The receipt does not show a food order, according to CBS.
“Drinking and driving is not an accident,” Ferrante’s sister Ashley said at the sentencing. “No one accidentally does it. It’s a reckless and careless mistake.”
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