(WFOR/CNN) — A Florida woman responsible for a wrong-way crash that killed two people has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
Kayla Mendoza tweeted that she was “2 drunk 2 care” hours before the fatal crash.
The families of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante directed their anger at the self-described “pothead princess” at her sentencing hearing on Monday. Mendoza drove drunk the wrong way at high speeds on the Sawgrass Expressway in November 2013, killing both Catronio and Ferrante.
Natalie Catronio, Marisa’s mother, wrote a letter that a family member read in court. She mentioned her visits to Marisa’s grave.
“It kills me when I have to leave her, because I can just imagine her screaming after me, ‘Mom, please don’t leave me here.’ And always I turn back to blow her a kiss and tell her how sorry I am that I couldn’t protect her that night.”
Mendoza asked for mercy and a lighter sentence, but the judge refused, sending her away for 24 years.
The victim’s families said the punishment is fair. But, according to Marisa’s father Gary Catronio, “it doesn’t put behind what we go through on a daily basis for what we lost that can’t be replaced.”
Under state law, Mendoza will not walk free until she is in her early 40s.