Pictured left: Mendoza's mug shot after her arrest
Yesterday, a drunk driver was finally sentenced two years after they caused a fatal accident. Two years ago, on November 2013, Kayla Mendoza got behind the wheel and began driving the eastbound on a westbound lane on the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Florida. She reached speeds of 80mph and in her inebriated state, crashed into two friends, killing them both. The two women were identified as Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio.
Mendoza's social media presence was highlighted after her arrest since she had tweeted that she was "2 drunk 2 care" right before she caused this accident. At the time of the accident, Mendoza had a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit. Officials also found marijuana traces in her system. After pleading guilty to two DUI manslaughter charges, Mendoza was sentenced to 24 years in prison with an additional six years probation. She was underage at the time of the accident and did not have a license. She will not be allowed to drive a vehicle again.
Not only are drunk drivers committing a crime, they are also endangering the lives of everyone around them. In this case, it was that of an innocent driver who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunken driving accidents accounted for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in 2010 in the United States. The challenge for many individuals who are injured or whose loved ones are killed in a drunken driving accident is to make the right choice about their legal rights.
Successfully pursuing a claim against a drunk driver is difficult, but not impossible. Though they may be facing a difficult situation, it is important for individuals and families who have been impacted by drunken driving to quickly seek out legal guidance and representation in order to successfully pursue any possible claims against a drunk driver. If you or a loved one has suffered from someone else’s drunk driving, you should contact the professionals at Fears | Nachawati. We can answer your questions, provide you with the proper guidance, and successfully represent you in any potential claims. We understand the difficult situations drunken driving accidents present and are prepared to advise you. Talk to us today for your free consultation.
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic 18 wheeler crashes, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.