Justice in DUI death case

Almost six months after a deadly car crash claimed the lives of two friends, the victims’ families are finally seeing some hope of justice after the driver accused of causing the crash was arrested earlier this month. Kayla Mendoza, 21, was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol officers and charged with the deaths of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante who died as a result of a crash that occurred on November 17 of last year as the pair were driving on the Sawgrass Expressway. Mendoza was driving the wrong way on the expressway when she smashed into Catronio’s car, instantly killing Catronio and fatally injuring Ferrante.

Mendoza, who was 20 and had no license at the time of the crash, had been drinking at the Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs just before the accident occurred. According to reports, shortly before the crash Mendoza posted a message to her Twitter account saying “2 drunk 2 care.” After her arrest, Mendoza was charged with four counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of driving without a license causing death. The crash occurred shortly before 2 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the expressway just west of University Drive, according to the Florida State Highway Patrol. Reports from accident investigators say Mendoza’s blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit following the accident and traces of marijuana were found in her blood. In the moments following the crash, more than 10 witnesses phoned 911 to report they had seen a vehicle being driven the wrong way at a speed callers estimated to be about 100 miles an hour.
Mendoza is still recovering from injuries she sustained in the crash. Paramedics wheeled her into the Broward County Jail following her arrest.

Families of the victims are suing Tijuana Taxi Co., which they allege “willfully sold or furnished alcoholic beverages to Kaila Mendoza, a minor not of the lawful drinking age.” If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, you need to speak with a lawyer right away. As this story indicates, often more than one party may be responsible for the injuries and damages you sustain. Identifying all the responsible parties is the best way to ensure each party is held accountable so you receive the compensation you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damages that occur as the result of an accident. At the Baird Law Group, we’re ready to help. Call our Tampa firm today at (813) 849.2679 to schedule a consultation or visit our site at www.bairdlawgroup.com.