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Driver in Sawgrass fatal wrong-way wreck pleads not guilty

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A young woman accused of driving drunk in a wrong-way crash on the Sawgrass Expressway that killed two 21-year-old best friends last November has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Mendoza pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing Tuesday morning. Mendoza stands accused of driving drunk in the wrong-way collision that killed best friends Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante and Marisa Caran Catronio, both from Coral Springs, back on Nov. 17.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mendoza, who was 20 and without a valid driver's license at the time of the crash, had twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system for an adult. Investigators said Mendoza was driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway and slammed head-on into the pair's car.

Investigators said Mendoza tweeted out, "2 Drunk 2 Care" shortly before the collision. However, during an interview with "Inside Edition" last week she said the tweet was directed at her boyfriend. Her tearful interview did not win her any sympathy from the victims' families. "What she has to say means nothing to me," said Ferrante's mother, Christine Ferrante. "What she did has changed our lives forever. So, I feel no remorse for her."

Mendoza has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license. She remains in jail on $600,000 bond. A judge has said if she does manage to post bond, the only time she will be able to leave home is for medical visits.

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