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Report: Deadly "2 drunk 2 care" driver wasn't carded

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Kayla Mendoza, a Florida woman who was 20-years-old when she allegedly caused a fatal accident after texting "2 drunk 2 care," had two large margaritas - containing three shots of tequila each - at a restaurant prior to the crash and was not asked for I.D. there, court documents indicate, according to CBS Miami.

Mendoza's boss, Marcelo Bruzzo, who was with her at the restaurant on Nov. 16, 2013, the night of the crash that killed two people, told investigators that "the waitress never asked to produce identification," court documents say, reports the station.

But, he said, Mendoza "did state that she was underage" and expressed concern about whether or not she would get served.

 

According to documents, Mendoza and Bruzzo were at Tijuana Taxi Company in Coral Springs watching the UFC fights with several other co-workers from the Tamarac T-Mobile store where they worked.

After finishing their drinks, Mendoza and the group headed to a strip club but Mendoza never went in, reports the station. Bruzzo said throughout the night Mendoza argued with her boyfriend and "...he was apparently upset that she was out."

Sometime after 1 a.m., Bruzzo took Mendoza back to her car at Tijuana Taxi. Bruzzo told police, according to the court documents, that a co-worker asked Mendoza multiple times to stay, but Mendoza was "stern on her going home because she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend."

At some point, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says Mendoza tweeted "2 drunk 2 care." Her boyfriend Javier Reyes told CBS Miami last year that the tweet was meant for him.

"What people don't understand is that tweet was directed toward me," Reyes said last November. "'2 drunk 2 care' about my feelings and me being a little jealous, possessive."

FHP says Mendoza was traveling the wrong way - east in the westbound lane of the Sawgrass Expressawy in Coral Springs at between 84 and 96 miles per hour - when she crashed into a car carrying two passengers. Marisa Catronio, 21, died at the scene, and Kaitlyn Ferrante, 21, died later at a hospital.

Mendoza was later found to have had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. She also had marijuana in her system, according to FHP.

Mendoza faces a total of 8 charges, including two counts of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, to which she has pleaded not guilty.

Investigators reportedly tried to speak to Mendoza a few days after the crash. A report said she was "disoriented and confused" and declined to speak without her lawyer, according to the station.

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