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Woman Jailed for 24 years after Killing Best Friends in a Crash

Woman Jailed for 24 years after Killing Best Friends in a Crash

Kayla Mendoza has been jailed for 24 years after causing a fatal car accident when she was driving the wrong way along the expressway near Coral Springs, Florida. She tweeted “2 drunk 2 care” just hours after she caused the crash. Mendoza pleaded guilty in February to two counts of Driving Under Influence manslaughter charges. The accident took place in November 2013. Two best friends, Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante, both 21, died in the accident.

Mendoza was drinking underage at the time and had two “fishbowl-size” margaritas before she began driving, heard the court. The drinking took place during a night out on 16 November. After that, she sat behind the wheel and was driving 96 miles per hour the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway. She then crashed head-on into Ferrante's vehicle.

Catronio did not survive the transfer to the hospital while Ferrante died four days later. Mendoza broke both her legs in the crash and suffered head injuries. She read a letter in court in which she apologized for her wrong doings and asked to be forgiven. Her blood alcohol level measured at the scene was .15 – twice the legal limit in the state.

Mendoza was also banned from driving for the rest of her life and she will be given six years probation after she leaves jail.

 

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