Kayla Mendoza, the then-20-year-old Florida woman who posted a chilling tweet reading “2 Drunk 2 care” just hours before getting in her car drunk, driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway and killing two young women in a head-on collision, now says she is heartbroken over the fatal accident.
Mendoza, who was arrested earlier this month after a lengthy recuperation from her own injuries, which included injuries to her brain, spoke to the tabloid TV program Inside Edition and said that she doesn’t remember the accident, or even how she got on the expressway.
“How I ended up on the Sawgrass Expressway, I wish I knew,” she told the program, breaking into tears. “It breaks my heart. When I found out that not only did I get into an accident, but the two girls I got into an accident had passed away, it just really made me wonder why I didn’t too.”
Mendoza is now free on $600,00 bond and faces a list of eight charges including drunken driving and manslaughter. Her blood alcohol level was about twice the legal limit —.15 — and she was reportedly driving without a valid license on November 17, the night that she killed best friends Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante, who were both 21 years old.
She was also drinking at a restaurant with co-workers, even though Kayla Mendoza was underage at the time. Receipts from the Tijuana Taxi Co., restaurant show that Mendoza ordered two large margaritas and two other tequila drinks.
“I wish there was something I could say to make up for what happened,” Mendoza said to Inside Edition, interviewed in a wheelchair as she continues recovering from her injuries. “But no matter how many sorrys, apologies, tears I cry, no matter how much I hate myself for what happened, nothing I say will change anything. It was wrong, I can’t change it, I’m just seen as this evil person. So, I don’t know how to get around that.”
In the interview, Kayla Mendoza also addresses the seemingly heartless tweet, “2 Drunk 2 Care” that turned the accident into national news. She said that the brief Tweet did not mean that she planned to drive drunk but rather was intended as a jab at her boyfriend with whom she had argued earlier.
“It did not mean, ‘I’m too drunk to care. I’m going to get in my car now and wherever the hell I end up, that’s it.'” she told the Inside Edition interviewer. “No. It was directed to my boyfriend. That’s the only person that it was for.”
The Kayla Mendoza twitter account was filled with other references to drug and alcohol use, and on the account she refers to herself as “Pothead Princess.”