Kayla Mendoza pleads guilty in fatal wrong-way crash
Driver wrote '2 drunk 2 care' on Twitter hours before 2013 crash
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman who was driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway and slammed into another car head-on, killing two women inside, pleaded guilty in court Wednesday morning.
Kayla Mendoza apologized to the families of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante, who were killed in the November 2013 crash, saying she would "trade spaces with them" if she could.
"It was nice for them to hear that, that they are not the only ones living in pain and the hell that they're living in, but it doesn't make them feel better," Jamie Finizio Bascombe, an attorney for the families, told Local 10 News. "It doesn't bring their girls back."
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a toxicology report showed that Mendoza had a blood-alcohol level of .15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of .08 percent, and traces of marijuana in her system when her car slammed into the car with the 21-year-old women.
Mendoza, 21, wrote "2 drunk 2 care" on Twitter just hours before the crash.
Court documents filed in a civil lawsuit against Mendoza show she spent about $65 on alcohol before the crash, even though she was underage.
"I pray that one day you will forgive me, even though I know you don't owe me anything," Mendoza told the families.
Mendoza will remain in jail until she is sentenced April 24. She faces up to 30 years in prison.
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