A young woman tweeted, "2 Drunk 2 Care" just hours before allegedly crashing her car into another in Florida and killing the two passengers inside because she was going the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway. Kayla Mendoza is 20 -- so we can't quite blame her recklessness on her youth anymore. But to peruse her Twitter account -- she changed her name slightly so that it reads "Kaila," goes by the moniker "pothead princess," and can be reached "@highimkaila" -- is to get a disturbing glimpse into the drug and alcohol obsession of a girl who, judging by just her posts on one social media site, seems to be screaming for help.
The whole story is just horrendous, from start to finish. This young girl reportedly struck the other car sometime around 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning, immediately killing Marisa Catronio, the driver. Her friend and the passenger in her car, Kaitlyn Ferrant, died later in the hospital, and Mendoza was also taken to the hospital and is in serious condition.
I'm not saying there was any way for anyone else to help prevent this horrific accident from occurring, but if I were this girl's friend or a relative of hers and I saw her Twitter account and photos, I would have tried to intervene in some way. Her excessive boasting about being drunk and loving drugs isn't cute or typical -- it goes beyond the pale.
Here are some examples of her Tweets:
2 High 2 Care
Can't sleep without my bedtime blunt.
I have a test at 8am, why am I drunk right now
My car permanently smell like weed
Jeez, way to incriminate yourself. I remember being that age and laughing about drinking and being drunk on occasion. I also don't have an issue with recreational pot smoking, but if 80 percent of your posts revolve around being high or drunk, you may want to take a look at what's happening in your life.
And this story also brings up another interesting point: do we have a responsibility to take friends' social media posts seriously? How seriously? Did any of her friends see her tweet and, knowing she was about to get in a car, choose not to say anything?
I hope the families of these poor women who lost their lives find peace and that this young woman gets some help in addition to whatever penalties she deserves to face as a result of her reckless behavior.
Do you think this woman's tweets were a call for help?
Image via highimkaila/Twitter