Fatal Crash Leads to 24 Year Sentence for DUI Driver

Driving drunk carries serious consequences. And more often than not, during the course of discovery in the cases we accept, we find that the offending drunk drivers we sue show some form of remorse for their actions. Their remorse, while certainly important, does not excuse their terrible decisions to have driven drunk. Once in a while though, we find some drunk drivers who just don’t get it. They don’t get that their bad decisions to have driven drunk put other lives in danger.

We learned of a case in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Kaila Mendoza killed 2 sisters because she was drunk. And after she killed the sisters, what did she do? She tweeted “2 drunk 2 care.” A self-proclaimed “pot princess”, Mendoza was driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway when she crashed head-on into another car.

Mendoza was sentenced to 24 years in prison for her drunk driving wreck from November 2013.

In Georgia, drunk drivers face stiff penalties. Some of the statutes that we use against drunk drivers include:

  1. Operating a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property in violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-390;
  2. Operating a vehicle in lanes of oncoming traffic, in violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-40;
  3. Driving under the influence in violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391(A)1;
  4. Operating a vehicle with possession of an open alcohol container in violation of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-253; and
  5. Punitive damages under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1.

If you have questions about a drunk driving or drug related case, call us for a free and private consultation.