Kayla Mendoza, the 20-year-old self-described “pothead princess” who killed two 21-year-old best friends in a head-on collision on Florida’s Sawgrass Expressway November 17, had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in her bloodstream a full hour after the crash, Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper reported Wednesday.
Mendoza gained national notoriety when it was discovered that she posted the message “2 drunk 2 care” just a few hours before she got on the expressway going the wrong way and crashed into Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante, killing them both.
Whether or not she was “2 drunk 2 care” about killing two women, Kayla Mendoza was definitely too drunk to drive, the test results show.
“We wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, maybe there was a medical condition,” Gary Catronio, father of Marisa, told the Sun Sentinel upon hearing the results of Mendoza’s blood test. “This just builds on the case that she made a choice, and she made the wrong choice.”
It was earlier reported that, on the night of the deadly accident, Mendoza had been seen drinking with co-workers at a restaurant called the Tijuana Taxi Co., CBS News reports, even though at age 20, Kayla Mendoza is under Florida’s legal drinking age.
Police documents also said that she was operating her boyfriend’s car without a license when she drove the wrong way on the Sawgrass, causing several drivers to swerve out of her way before she slammed into the car carrying Catronio and Ferrante.
According to a police search warrant, which revealed Kayla Mendoza’s high blood alcohol level, she also had THC, the active chemical in marijuana, in her system the night of the fatal mishap.
On her Twitter profile, Kayla Mendoza described herself as “pothead princess.”
Mendoza has not yet been charged as the Florida Highway Patrol continues its investigation into the crash. She suffered two broken legs and an injury to her brain in the collision, but was able to speak to investigators, according to Miami’s WSVN News.
The accident occurred at 1:45 am. Kayla Mendoza’s blood was taken at 2:53 am. Typically, blood alcohol content declines over time, so it is possible that her blood alcohol level at the time she got in her car was higher than the.15 recorded in the police test.
A second blood sample taken two hours after the first showed her level had declined to.10 by that time.
“I think she deserves to do time,” Catronio told the TV station. “I think she deserves to do time for this and multiple sentences.”