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Kayla Mendoza, "2 Drunk 2 Care" Motorist, Arrested Monday With Eight Charges

More than four months after Kayla Mendoza allegedly (and drunkenly) careened into two young women on the Sawgrass Expressway, she has been arrested and formally charged with their deaths. In a story that went absolutely bonkers on the internet last November, New Times reported that the 21-year-old Mendoza had Tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" hours before the head-on collision with Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante.

After painstakingly building a case against her, the Florida Highway Patrol has finally turned its investigation over to the the State Attorney's Office. Mendoza suffered serious leg injuries during the crash and was being treated at a rehab facility until mid-December. She was taken to jail in an ambulance, because she's still wearing a traction splint and a halo, Catronio's uncle reported yesterday.

She's been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter due to high blood-alcohol content, two counts of DUI manslaughter due to impairment, two counts of vehicular homicide, and two counts of causing death or serious injury while driving with a suspended license.

See also: Kayla "2 Drunk 2 Care" Mendoza: No Charges Yet in Wrong-Way Crash

According to the FHP, Mendoza had a BAC of twice the legal limit and was found with traces of marijuana in her system. Her social media presence glorified the use of drugs and alcohol -- in some postings, she even bragged about consuming these substances in her vehicle.

Pulp is still waiting to find out what kind of sentencing she faces if convicted. We'll update this post as soon as we find out.

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.