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Florida woman sentenced for fatal wrong-way crash

The actions of one driver can change the lives of others. Two Florida women were killed in a car crash that was caused a drunk driver. Recently, the woman who caused the crash was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The accident happened back in 2013 after the woman visited a bar in Coral Springs. She consumed two large margaritas and then headed out on the road. Just before the crash, authorities say that the woman tweeted that she was too drunk to care as she drove the wrong way down an expressway. She crashed into another vehicle in a head-on collision, killing two 21-year-old women. Authorities conducted a blood alcohol test that revealed the woman's blood alcohol level was double the legal limit.

The woman was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and was originally facing up to 30 years behind bars. After the woman plead guilty, she was sentenced to 24 years in prison instead and will serve the remaining six years on probation. She will also never be allowed to drive again. The woman read a letter to the court asking for forgiveness and admitted that she made mistakes.

The deadly crash has caused emotional turmoil for the families of the two deceased women. The woman who caused the crash will not only spend many years in prison, she may also have to answer to civil litigation brought on by the victims' families. The families retain the right to file wrongful death claims for reimbursement and to recover damages associated with the crash. While nothing will bring their loved ones back, an award by the Florida civil courts may bring about some relief as the families continue to grieve.

Source: NBC Miami, "Kayla Mendoza, Driver Who Pleaded Guilty in "2 Drunk 2 Care" Crash, Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison", Keith Jones and Brian Hamacher, May. 5, 2015

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