On November 17 of last year, Coral Springs residents and best friends Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio were driving home from an evening out. Westbound on the Sawgrass Expressway in a Toyota Camry, the women encountered a Hyundai Sonata driving east in the westbound lane. The Hyundai, driven by Kayla Mendoza, smashed head-on into the Camry.
Ms. Catronio died at the scene, Ms. Ferrante died four days later. Suffering broken bones and other injury, Ms. Mendoza survived. Investigation of the incident turned up the following information:
- One hour following the fatal accident, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of Ms. Mendoza was .15, almost double the legal BAC.
- Ms. Mendoza had issued a fateful tweet earlier in the evening, 2 Drunk 2 Care. Earlier in the evening, Ms. Mendoza had allegedly been drinking with co-workers at a bar called the Tijuana Taxi Co.
- The Twitter account of Ms. Mendoza makes repeated references to her alcohol and drug use, and labels herself the Pothead Princess.
Two beautiful young women died after one troubled, alcohol-impaired woman drove the wrong way on an expressway. Although Ms. Mendoza does not yet face criminal charges in the deaths she caused, DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter charges seem likely.
Civil actions against Ms. Mendoza are proceeding. Since the accident, the families of Ms. Catronio and Ms. Ferrante filed wrongful death actions against Ms. Mendoza, her boyfriend who owned the car she was driving and the restaurant that served Ms. Mendoza.
Every drunk driving death in Florida is preventable. If you are injured, or a loved one killed, due to the negligence of a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, talk to an experienced injury attorney in Bradenton.