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"2 drunk 2 care" deadly driver had no license, faces lawsuit

The profile photo for a Twitter account believed to belong to Kayla Mendoza Twitter

The 20-year-old woman who allegedly killed two people while driving the wrong way on a South Florida expressway last month did not have a driver’s license and had been drinking at a local bar before the incident, according to a search warrant obtained by CBS Miami.

Just hours before the crash that killed Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, Kayla Mendoza posted “2 drunk 2 care” on her Twitter feed, according to her boyfriend Javier Reyes, who told CBS Miami the tweet was aimed at him.


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Twitter page believed to belong to Kayla Mendoza, including the message "2 drunk 2 care."
CBS Miami
 

"'2 drunk 2 care' about my feelings, about me being a little possessive, jealous," said Reyes.

No charges have been filed in the case, but Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Mark Wysocky told CBS News’ Crimesider that the investigation is ongoing and that the department is still awaiting the results of toxicology tests done on Mendoza. 

In the meantime, the families of the two young women killed in the crash have filed lawsuits against Mendoza, Reyes (whose car she was driving), and the Tijuana Taxi Co., the bar that allegedly served her alcohol on the night of Nov. 16.

The Tijuana Taxi Co. would not answer specific questions about the lawsuit or confirm whether their employees had served the under-age Mendoza, but have issued a statement saying they are cooperating with authorities investigating the case and that “all of our bartenders and servers undergo training with Responsible Vendors, a company that teaches the laws, liabilities and safety practices needed to work in an establishment where alcohol is served."

According to Reyes, who CBS Miami interviewed in late November, Mendoza suffered two broken legs and severe head injuries in the crash.

Mendoza's Twitter account, which has not been updated since the night of the crash, chronicles her marijuana and alcohol use, with photographs of joints and posts like "I break all my bongs cuz I have butter fingers" and "I really am so baked right now."

In his interview with CBS Miami, Reyes said that "those are past and...that's what we were trying to leave behind us and it catched [sic] up with us."


  • Julia Dahl

    Julia Dahl writes about crime and justice for CBSNews.com

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