Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza Described as "Responsible" Before Fatal Crash

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"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.

See also: Alleged Killer Kayla Mendoza Tweets "2 Drunk 2 Care" Before Causing Horrific Accident

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."

See also: Kayla Mendoza's Mistake Doesn't Mean Marijuana Shouldn't Be Legalized

"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.

Just as frequently, she used pot to quell listlessness.

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thatwasmyeviltwin
thatwasmyeviltwin

Her apologists make me want to puke. "It's ridiculous what's happened to her." OMG

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................................actually if she were KAYLA KENNEDY instead of hispanic this whole event would have been quashed and quietly sealed up

how many people did that partying clan kill without repercussions ?

not that it in any way justifies any of this behavior - just sayin

aq22
aq22

bullshit she had a choice if you are to drunk you don't get behind the wheel plain and simple and she need life in prison...With what twitter said...Kayla didn't like life and she took my friend Katie's life away and Katie's best friend life away..Not only did this affect me but what about her family. They Can't sit down and have thanksgiving dinner together no more Christmas nor birthdays. And there parents won't see them graduate College..Your suppose to bury your parents, not parents bury there child.

bella6379
bella6379

"She didn't have a choice when it came down to what happened that night." -- she chose to go to a bar, to order drinks, to drive drunk....SERIOUSLY?!? What part of that night WASN'T her choice??

grieverus
grieverus

 Was this article written by someone in Broward County in Florida?


For those of you that don't know, Broward County is probably THE most racist and backwards place in America. No wonder they disparage pot use, instead of focusing on the only drug the girl did that night - ALCOHOL.

SafeHaven2013
SafeHaven2013

If my child posted idiotic, criminal things like that on their social media I would knock her out cold. I mean, I would hurt her!                                                                                                                      I absolutely DO NOT understand the narcissism and stupidity of tweeters today who post their entire life online for the world to see. Personally, I would die of humiliation if my friends saw photos or read messages from me about joints, alcohol, me being drunk, or wiping my ass! I have a friend that is constantly posting about having her electricity turned off because she is broke, her husband cheating on her, hurting her or staying out all night with "the boys", then posts the next day how badly she wants to have his baby. Really?  If you want to act like a fool, fine. I don't want to hear about it or don't ask me to laugh with you or heaven forbid, pray for your financial or drunken woes. It's so tacky. Whatever happened to class and self respect?                                                                                                                                                   This "pothead princess" girl needs to go straight to prison, do not pass go. I am a bit worried though, because this occurred in Florida. They have a habit of letting criminals walk.

JaviLopez
JaviLopez

The friend blames the bar for giving her alcohol that night. "How do you expect a young girl to do great when you have licensed bars giving alcohol to under-aged teens. She didn't have a choice when it came down to what happened that night."

^^^^^That friend is retarded. It's so ridiculous reading this. How about don't drink if she knows she's underage? Oh wait, she probably has a fake I.D! The world makes sense now!

 Don't blame the bar for making her kill two innocent women. And let me not even mention the tweets about weed, I HOPE they drug test her. 

I don't wish bad on people, but that girl deserves to be pressed charges. I feel so sorry for the tragic accident that took two lives that night. I can't begin to imagine what both families are feeling. May they RIP. 

Vin Jo
Vin Jo

Why so much focus on the weed? That shit had nothing to do with it. Bitch was DRUNK. If she was just high, most likely she would not have made such a grave mistake. Yea she smoked weed. I know tons of people who smoke it, drive and don't go on the wrong side on the road. That's what DRUNK people are more apt to do. Each article from New Times about this chick seems to imply that because she is a stoner she should be chastised as if there is a direct correlation. When it's not. ALCOHOL was the culprit. Quit trying to blame the weed dumbasses. Did New Times suddenly become a conservative tea party mag? Geez.

joannmsd
joannmsd

"She had control and self respect for herself."

Ignoring the redundancy, the girl showed a huge lack of respect and control the moment she started drinking and again when she got into that car.


"She didn't have a choice when it came down to what happened that night."

Yes, she did. It was her choice to drive drunk.



Claire Walsh
Claire Walsh

As a Brit where you can't drive till 17 and passing the test is actually quite difficult and takes work such that most people are 18 by time they can drive I think the problem here is young people not taking driving seriously enough, we do have drink drive issues here but it is almost always older people who have been driving decades. Young people do not think drink driving is cool

Bob E Sherman
Bob E Sherman

will someone inject some air into her IV and save the State mucho money

Alejandro Jimenez
Alejandro Jimenez

My question is: Why are we giving this girl MORE attention? It's obviously what she wants. What I would like to know is some information about her victims and how their families are coping with this tragic loss. Unfortunately, it appears as though I will have to turn to another source since the New Times has once again proven that their reporters are as shallow and inept as this girl and the people that surround her.

aadelapaz
aadelapaz

I don't often wish ill on people, but...

Lpatro
Lpatro

let her rot in jail. 

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

No but it's their job to spot underage girls being handed alcohol from every douche who wants a piece for late night

Micah Lee
Micah Lee

its aint club space's job to get you home

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

And I'm saying this in general not defending her actions at all but she was a clear Club Space patron and underage drunk

Haley Ambros
Haley Ambros

Welcome to Miami where you can drink alcohol and stumble out of the club clearly intoxicated with no care from anyone at the establishment. Once you're out the door you're no longer their problem smh

ralbabustamante
ralbabustamante

There are so many friends of mine that in South Florida who I look back to and I just see as helpless. So many friends without any sort of ambition, or sense of direction, who jump from one crappy sales/service rep type job to another, and who anesthetize the pain of the dead-end lives with drugs and marijuana. So sad.... but she is not the only one. So many young people on South Florida are exactly the same way. I love South Florida, but a big part of me is happy that I left that place. This is widespread down there.

soc_hus
soc_hus

"How do you expect a young girl to do great when you have licensed bars giving alcohol to under-aged teens. She didn't have a choice when it came down to what happened that night."

I'd smack you in the fucking face if I heard you say that.  She had a choice, you ignorant bitch.  Everyone does.  You'd be one of those bitches who got knocked up in high school and try suing the parents of the kid who had the party the night you let some dude fuck you raw -- cause it's their fault that it happened and you really didn't have a choice when it came down to it.....  You should've been in the car that got hit head on.

Maria Masso
Maria Masso

Just sad. Shes old enough to know not to drink and drive so you can't just blame the bar for giving an underage girl a drink or two. Supposedly she had her cousins ID who is of age. So young and already ruined her life for being a dumbass.

Micah Lee
Micah Lee

aj, dont let the new times writers get you down they are unable to stay on topic and pad all their stories with irrelevant bullcrap , im used to it at this point and continue to read it, its a free paper afterall.. they were just making the point that this chick proudly stays fucked up at all times

AJ Smith
AJ Smith

I love how she was in a DRUNK driving accident, but all this "journalist" wants to do is vilify her for smoking buds. Maybe they should have said: too bad she didn't just smoke a blunt last Saturday, because if that's all she had done two young girls would still be alive. Very tragic story, unfortunately this happens all the time, I know all too well. It really makes me wonder how bud is still illegal, and looked down upon by idiots like this, meanwhile everyone loves alcohol and when someone makes a mistake while using it it's their fault not the alcohol, but somehow all her other bad decisions were caused by smoking a little grass.

k1obrienfn
k1obrienfn

This article is a fucking joke. A smear piece on marijuana using a drunk driving story as its lubricator. Sure, let's focus on the weed usage when that's what isn't responsible for the accident. Way to let alcohol take a back seat in a drunk driving accident that killed 2 people. Think about the kind of message you're sending. You're diminishing the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and making it about marijuana. You sire are, "2 dumb 2 write." 

sabbrosso
sabbrosso

@Claire Walsh The culture about driving in the US is about a right, not a responsibility. People sometimes don't understand that a vehicle can become a weapon to hurt or kill somebody.

zoloftn151
zoloftn151

@Micah Lee This is where you are absolutely wrong. They have a responsibility to make sure people do not leave and drive wasted. They carry insurance and contract with cab companies just for this purpose. Do some research. 

zoloftn151
zoloftn151

@MsTrouble Jones Most bars will pay a taxi to take you home. It is cheaper to spend a few dollars on a ride than it is to defend and payout a lawsuit for wrongful death or other civil claims. 

jv86
jv86

@MsTrouble Jones Guess what sweetheart, that isn't the case!!  FL is a vicarious liability state, which means that everyone including the server who served her, the manager, the bar tender, the owner, EVERYONE in that works in that bar is liable!!  So when it comes down to a law suit they can also be held accountable for the deaths of those two women.  Look it up!

zoloftn151
zoloftn151

@k1obrienfn Does it really matter what the substance is that intoxicates a driver of a vehicle? Being impaired and driving a vehicle is a crime. And as in this case, death is also a result. So you keep smoking your weed and driving your car. Sooner or later you will find yourself in trouble with the law. It will catch up with you. 

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