On November 17, 20-year-old Mendoza drove a Hyundai Sonata the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway and crashed into a 2012 Toyota Camry, killing Marisa Catronio and a passenger, Kaitlyn Ferrante. Mendoza, who was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries, had tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" hours before the crash.
Brett Panter, an attorney representing Catronio's family, says they want to know if Mendoza was served alcohol at a specific bar or restaurant. "We want to find out if she was served alcohol somewhere, if she was doing drugs somewhere. We don't know that now."
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Mendoza might have been drinking prior to the crash. Her tweet suggests she was. Her Twitter feed also contained references to smoking weed. Mendoza's family told New Times that her Twitter account had been hacked.
In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, the families are also seeking compensation in medical and funeral expenses, according to the lawsuit.
The owner of the car Mendoza was driving that night, Federico Javier Reyes Santiago, is also named in the suit. He is reportedly her boyfriend.