Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza Described as "Responsible" Before Fatal Crash
"I love Twitter," Kayla Mendoza wrote. "I feel like I can say whatever the hell I want."
This declarative statement, written on March 24 of last year, remains the most concrete description of the relatively unknown Mendoza, who tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" last Saturday before allegedly causing a horrific accident that killed two young women. Despite its brevity, this affirmation encompasses how Mendoza lived her 20 years: extemporaneously saying whatever she thinks -- and making it public for all to see, regardless of consequences.
In a pure distillation of how readily members of this new generation publicize intimate details of their life, Mendoza dispatched thousands of tweets chronicling a string of mundane jobs, failed relationships, squabbles with parents, boredom, and, most prominently, drug abuse. Taken as one, they convey a complex, but apathetic picture of Mendoza.
According to public records, she at one time lived in lime-colored, one-story house in a lower-class neighborhood in Hallandale Beach on SW Seventh Terrace. From there, she went to Hallandale High School, where one of her classmates remembers her as a "really nice person."
"Her crowd was just the normal people of Hallandale High School," recalls Richard Vela, who took classes with her during their 2011 senior year. During those years, "she was kind of responsible in class -- she was there almost all the time."
Vela expressed astonishment at the contents of her Twitter account, which teems with images and statements involving marijuana. "I knew she maybe tried pot before, but never thought that it had gotten to that state."
During her senior year, she began working as a server at a Coldstone Creamery, her Facebook account shows. Then, she took a position as a "model," at Abercrombie & Fitch -- where she only lasted two months -- before finally landing at a MetroPCS, where her cousin, Karen Massey, was a manager. (Massey didn't return requests for comment.)
This job, however, like the others left Mendoza with feelings of dissatisfaction. And when the boredom of suburban existence emerged, she resorted to her greatest infatuation: Twitter.
So bored. I mean, how many times can I check Twitter before shooting myself— Kaila Mendoza (@highimkaila) August 20, 2012
Just as frequently, she used pot to quell listlessness.