Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza: No Charges Yet in Wrong-Way Crash

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The self-proclaimed "pothead princess."
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 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.

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

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.

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11 comments
tamlfrey
tamlfrey

So glad to see someone is reporting on this. The other media and newspapers must be on fhp's payroll.

The fhp must be completely inept to still be "investigating."

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Is Angela Corey in charge of this one?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

And if any of us did what she did, we would have been locked up already.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

The girl has a blood clot in her head. I guess the writer doesn't understand medical terms. She also has bruising and swelling of brain. Or in laymen terms brain damage. Once all her rehabbing is over (if she survives since a clot bursting in brain is 95% of the time a death sentence) they will charge her. But with everything that she has wrong she may be 10 years old mentality again.

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Oh whats the rush , the d.a is building a rock solid case and she is wherever trying to keep her shit together waiting for charges against her to happen

JebBush
JebBush

Let's get a move-on FHP. Get off your asses and do some actual police work for a change.

tamlfrey
tamlfrey

Jeremy that makes sense but where is the info to support ur theory?

vhaas
vhaas

Where is that info? I am curious to read it.

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