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Wrong Way Wreck Driver To Be Sentenced Monday

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The driver responsible for a wrong-way wreck that took the lives of two young girls is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday.

Kayla Mendoza, 21, admitted she was under the influence and drove the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway in November of 2013.

Mendoza's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when she slammed into a car, killing 21-year old Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante and 21-year old Marisa Caran Catronio, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

In an interview after the accident, Mendoza said she has no recollection of driving on the highway or the crash.

However, she did recall going out with drinks with co-workers the night of accident.

At the time, she was only 20-years old. The receipt from Tijuana Taxi shows the underage Mendoza drank two large house margaritas and had two other drinks of Patron Silver tequila. The receipt shows a payment of $65.78. The receipt does not show that Mendoza ate anything.

The Florida Highway Patrol says at some point that night or the next morning Mendoza tweeted "2 drunk 2 care."

Mendoza said the tweet has been taken out of context. She said it didn't mean that she was going to get behind the wheel and whatever happened, happened. Instead, she said, it was meant for her boyfriend because the two had just recently argued.

Mendoza is facing up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter.


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