“2 Drunk 2 Care” Warrants Punitive Damages For Fatal Crash
Frequent readers of this blog will know that from time to time I have blogged about accident situations where I have felt that punitive damages were appropriate. (For more detailed explanation of how punitive damages work, click here.) One such situation is people who text while driving or otherwise drive while distracted, and the other frequent situation is when at-fault drivers are found to be drunk.
I couldn’t help but blog about a young woman from South Florida named Kayla Mendoza. I first learned about Ms. Mendoza in an article on the WFTV.com website, but my friend Attorney Matthew Dolman posted a very interesting blog post about her.
Apparently last weekend Ms. Mendoza posted on her Twitter account that she was “2 Drunk 2 Care”. Now, Ms. Mendoza is under suspicion for killing two women in a head-on car crash that occurred shortly after that post. It seems that Ms. Mendoza had frequent posts on her Twitter page referencing being extremely drunk and/or high.
Should Ms. Mendoza’s blood alcohol testing prove that she was over the legal limit for intoxication there is no doubt in my mind the Ms. Mendoza should face punitive damages in connection with the two deaths that she caused. Matthew Dolman is correct when he says that Ms. Mendoza showed a disregard for life. This is precisely the kind of attitude and behavior that punitive damages are designed to address.
Hopefully, Ms. Mendoza will also face criminal consequences as result of her brazen disregard for the law, and her fellow man.
It goes without saying that our hearts go out to the two victims, Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante. No matter how long I have been doing this kind of work — and its 20 years as of October 2013 — I never get used to the tragedy of young lives lost in such a sudden and unnecessary way.
If you have any questions following a Florida car accident involving drunk driving, or a wrongful death, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.