Miami, FL- Just moments before she plowed into a car, killing the two young women inside, Kayla Mendoza Tweeted to “2 Drunk 2 Care,” but the now the self-proclaimed “Pothead Princess” says she has no memory of the fatal drunken driving accident that garnered national attention.
In her first interview since the November accident, Mendoza told Inside Edition she was remorseful for the accident, but has no memory of the events leading up to the accident.
“When I found out that not only did I get into an accident, but the two girls I got into an accident had passed away, it just really made me wonder why I didn’t too,” Mendoza tearfully said.
Mendoza’s blood alcohol was .15 when she plowed head-on into Kaitlyn Ferrante and her friend Marisa Catronio on the Sawgrass Parkway in Miami. Catronio was killed instantly, and Ferrante suffered a traumatic brain injury. Ferrante was rushed to the hospital and put on life support until, but died a few days later.
“I wish there was something I could say to make up for what happened,” Mendoza told Inside Edition in an interview which aired on Wednesday night (April 30th). “But no matter how many ‘sorrys,’ apologies, tears I cry — no matter how much I hate myself for what happened, nothing I say will change anything.”
Mendoza also suffered serious injuries and is currently confined to a wheelchair as she continues recovering.
Mendoza said she had been out drinking with coworkers on November 17th and when her boss dropped her off at her car, “things went black.” She said she would
Shortly before the catastrophic accident, Mendoza sent out Tweet declaring that she was “2 Drunk 2 Care.” But Mendoza said that Tweet was directed at her boyfriend who she had just argued with.
“It did not mean, ‘I’m too drunk to care, I’m going to get in my car now and wherever the hell I end up, that’s it,’ No.” she said. “It was directed to my boyfriend. That’s the only person that it was for.”
In the days leading up to the accident, Mendoza was quite proud of her love of marijuana, telling her Twitter followers that her car permanently smelled of weed and posting other gems like “2 High 2 Care,” and “Oh, ya know, just rolling a blunt in the airport parking lot.”
Mendoza’s apologies were little consolation for the parents of the two girls she killed. Christine Ferrante, the mother of Kaitlyn, told CBS Miami, “I don’t want her to ever feel the sunshine ever. I want her to stay locked away forever.”
And without a savvy DUI attorney, it will be a very long time before Mendoza feels the sunshine considering the charges she is facing. Earlier this month, police arrested the “Pothead Princess” for a total of eight counts including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license causing death.
The parents of the slain girls have filed wrongful death suits against Mendoza.