Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza: No Charges Yet in Wrong-Way Crash
The lives of three young women, all in their early 20s, unexpectedly intersected on the westbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway last November 17. Twenty-one-year-old best friends Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante were in a red Toyota heading west at 1:45 a.m. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Kayla Mendoza approached driving her boyfriend's white Hyundai at speeds up to 80 miles per hour, traveling east in the westbound lanes.
The self-proclaimed "pothead princess."
The young women collided a quarter mile from the University Drive exit in Coral Springs. The case drew worldwide attention when it was revealed that Mendoza had Tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" shortly before the collision.
Now, almost four months after that ill-fated night, Mendoza has still not been criminally charged.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol search warrant, at 1:47 a.m. a 911 call informed FHP that a white Hyundai was traveling the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway. Two minutes later, FHP was advised that the wrong-way vehicle was involved in a fiery head-on collision. An FHP trooper arrived on the scene 21 minutes later, where the trooper noted that Catronio had died from her injuries in the passenger seat and that Ferrante was seriously injured in the driver's seat (she was airlifted to Broward Health North but succumbed to her injuries four days later). Mendoza was sprawled in the driver's seat of the Hyundai unconscious but breathing. Worried that his daughter Marisa had missed her 2 a.m. curfew, Gary Catronio tracked her cell phone to the exact location of the crash on the Sawgrass Expressway and arrived on the scene to experience every parent's worst nightmare.
At 3:23 a.m., an FHP trooper went to Room 17 of Broward Health North to collect blood samples from Mendoza. There, "[the trooper] observed Ms. Mendoza with serious injuries and unconscious at the time," the search warrant states. The blood drawn was taken approximately two and a half hours later, at 4:20 a.m. FHP homicide Investigator Linda Banks also learned that the hospital had obtained blood and urine samples within two hours of the crash for Mendoza's treatment.
Mendoza's toxicology report wasn't released until early January. It reveals that while Mendoza might've been "2 drunk 2 care," she was definitely too drunk to drive.