Drink Responsibly

4 Jan

Best Local Girl Gone Bad

Kayla Mendoza

Before she was an internationally reviled “pot
princess” — long before she pulled out her cell
phone, climbed into her car, and drove the
wrong way down a highway exit ramp — Kayla
Mendoza was just a typical 20-year-old South
Florida girl. But then came the margaritas, the
shots, and the infamous tweet: “2 drunk 2 care.”
In the fiery crash that followed a few hours
later, Mendoza plowed head-on into another car
and killed two women her own age. Mendoza
says she doesn’t remember the accident but is
sickened by the deaths she drunkenly caused.
She also says the tweet was in reference to an
argument with her boyfriend, not a dismissal of
the dangers of drunk driving. Despite her
excuses, however, Mendoza faces a charge of
DUI manslaughter. Her sad story is a reminder
of the evil we are all capable of, if we let
ourselves slip.

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