At around 1:45 early Sunday morning, 20-year-old Kayla Mendoza of Hallandale Beach, Fla., pulled her 2004 Hyundai Sonata onto the Sawgrass Expessway near Coral Springs and began driving in the westbound lane.
Tragically, she was heading east.
She collided head-on with a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by 21-year-old Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante, whose friend Marisa Catronio sat in the passenger seat. The crash killed Catronio instantly. Ferrantes suffered severe brain injuries and was placed on a life support machine, but she died on Tuesday.
Mendoza (pictured) was listed in serious condition, so she has not yet been able to explain how she could have made such an obvious mistake. But a check of her Twitter account gives a clue. Earlier that evening the alleged killer told the world that she was “2 drunk 2 care.”
In fact, Mendoza appears particularly fond of bragging about her drug and drinking habits on the social media outlet. Some earlier tweets include:
- “2 high 2 care”
- “My car permanently smells like weed”
- “I have a test at 8am, why am I drunk right now” (from 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 25).
- “I really am so baked right now”
- “I break all my bongs cuz I have butter fingers”
These tweets are mixed in among the usual complaints about classes, work and life typical of many 20-year-olds on Twitter.
A vigil attended by more than 100 people was held in Voral Gables last night for victim Marisa Catronio, whose family now plans to create what they call “Project Marisa,” an effort to install safety features to deter wrong-way drivers and warn others of their presence on the road.
The deceased woman’s uncle, Ron Catronio, said the family wants to “make some kind of a difference, so that another family doesn’t have to suffer this consequence, which is just horrible.”