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Woman (22) who tweeted ‘2 drunk 2 care’ before car crash killed two people is sentenced to 24 years

Published 06/05/2015 | 12:48

Kayla Mendoza is sentenced to 24 years in prison in the fatal crash that killed Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marrissa Cotronio. Photo: NBC6 South Florida
Kayla Mendoza is sentenced to 24 years in prison in the fatal crash that killed Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marrissa Cotronio. Photo: NBC6 South Florida

A young woman who tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" just minutes before a head-on collision that killed two people was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Monday.

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Kayla Mendoza (22) pleaded guilty in February to two charges of DUI (Driving under the influence) manslaughter in the road deaths of Kaitlyn Ferrante and her best friend Marisa Catronio, who were both 21 at the time, NBC Miami has reported.

Mendoza had been facing a maximum of 30 years in prison. She will also serve six years of probation after her prison sentence, and a lifetime driving ban has also been imposed.

Before sentencing, Mendoza tearfully read a letter in court asking for forgiveness.

Mendoza was two times over the legal driving limit in Florida when the crash happened. She had been drinking with her co-workers before the devastating crash.

At the time of the accident, Mendoza was 20-years-old and driving without a valid license. The court heard that she drove head-on into Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio’s vehicle.

Ms Catronio was killed instantly in the crash, while Ferrante died in hospital four days later.

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