The Florida Highway Patrol has continued its investigation into a wrong way accident that claimed the lives of two Coral Springs women last month. The driver in the fatal crash was traveling the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway on the evening of November 16. The 20-year-old driver did not have a valid driver’s license. According to witnesses, the driver may also have been drinking alcoholic beverages on the evening in question. She was reportedly seen drinking with co-workers at Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs prior to the deadly collision.
Two women, Kaitlyn Ferrante and Marisa Catronio, were killed in the car crash. The story drew national headlines based on a tweet from the driver just hours before the deadly accident. The wrong way driver posted the tweet, “2 drunk 2 care” approximately two hours before the 1:45 a.m. crash. Investigators are still awaiting toxicology reports on the driver’s blood.
The owners of Tijuana Taxi Co. released a statement following reports that the underage driver had been drinking at their establishment prior to the accident. If the allegations are true, the owners may be implicated in the legal proceedings surrounding the crash. The driver has not yet been charged, but could potentially be facing criminal actions for DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving without a license causing death and more. Her actions, and the actions of anyone who may have provided her with alcohol leading up to the tragic incident will be carefully scrutinized.
Source: CBS Miami, “Exclusive: Search Warrant Reveals Witnesses Say Wrong-Way Driver Was Drinking Before Crash,” by Carey Codd, 6 December 2013