The Families of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante would like to thank CBS4 Miami for their continuous coverage of our tragic losses, and our efforts to turn this horrendous wrong into a right.
We would especially like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of CBS4 reporter Carey Codd, who has followed this story from it's awful beginning, and whom we hope will be with us once we have achieved our final goal. -- PREVENTING WRONG WAY CRASHES!
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The Media Section
1/1/2014- CORAL SPRINGS — This video was created by Jesse
Catronio, older brother of Marisa Carronio.
From Jesse , on behalf of younger brother Dustin and the entire family.....
"This is In loving memory of our sister Marisa Catronio and her best friend Katie Ferrante ...... Please drive safely if you are heading out today"..........
1/7/2014 -CORAL SPRINGS - The 20-year-old woman who allegedly killed two Coral Springs women while driving the wrong way on a South Florida expressway last November was driving at nearly twice the legal blood alcohol limit, according to a Florida Highway Patrol search warrant filed Tuesday.
The warrant says Kayla Mendoza’s blood alcohol was .15 at nearly one hour after the fatal crash, when hospital workers took Mendoza’s blood. In Florida, .08 is the legal limit. The search warrant also says that toxicology results detected marijuana in Mendoza’s blood.
Kaitlyn Ferrante’s mother, Christine, says even though she suspected Mendoza was drinking the confirmation is devastating to hear............READ FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
2/2/2014 -CORAL SPRINGS - On August 10th, 2013, Marisa Catronio turned 21 years of age. It was a milestone birthday that Marisa was looking forward to for a very long time. The video to the left captures the happy celabration.
It is a sharp contrast to what we now know happened just 14 short weeks later. And altough Marisa is no longer with us, her sprit and hopes live on, through family, friends, and even strangers who have embraced her story.
We know she is now watching down on us, proud that something good continues to grow, honoring her life and that of her best friend Kaitlyn.
Marisa Catronio - Forever 21
2/11/2014 - CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) - At least ten drivers called 911 in the early morning hours of November 17 to report seeing a wrong way driver blasting through traffic on the Sawgrass Expressway. The calls came in fast and furious, warning Coral Springs Police and Florida Highway Patrol troopers about a dangerous driver speeding down the highway.
2/11/2014 - TAMPA (FOX 13) - Authorities have identified the driver who caused a deadly wrong-way crash along Interstate 275 over the weekend.Daniel Lee Morris, 28, was seen driving south at full speed in the northbound lanes of I-275 early Sunday morning.He missed several cars before slamming into a car with four USF students inside.Morris and the four students died in the collision.The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner identified him Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Morris had recently moved to Tampa from St. Claire Shores, MI, according to a media release from the Florida Highway Patrol.He was staying with a friend in Tampa; he took his friend's white Ford Explorer the wrong way down the highway when he caused the crash...READ FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
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2/28/2014 - INSIDE EDITION - It's the nightmare every driver dreads: A car racing down the highway on the wrong side of the road. Few incidents are as tragic as the case of these two best friends who died in a car wreck caused by a wrong-way driver. To make matters worse, the woman driver who once referred to herself as the "pothead princess" allegedly tweeted "2 drunk 2 care" just before the deadly collision.
The tragedy happened as 20-year-old Kaitlyn Ferrante and her 21-year-old BFF Marisa Catronio were driving on a highway outside of Boca Raton, ....READ FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
5/4/2015 --- There are no winners. Only hope that lives were not lost in vain, and that someday these senseless tragedies will end through the work of Marisa's Way and others like us. R.I.P. Marisa & Kaitlyn
4/9/2015 -CORAL SPRINGS - Newly released numbers show flashing light wrong way signs being tested in South Florida are showing promising results. But that's only part one.
Gary Catronio said that part two of the safety proposal to stop wrong way drivers would really make a difference.
Gary, through Marisa's Way, was responsible for pushing the pilot program with flashing lights to be put in place should someone drive the wrong way up a ramp. The signs are being tested now. Next up would be a part two .... watch the video.
5/5/2015 - Dallas/Ft. Worth - When NBC5 in North Texas launched a recent Investigation, they learned that at least 14 people had died and 171 have been injured since Jan. 1 in more than 260 wrong-way crashes in Texas. They wanted to know why it is taking so long for life-saving technology to arrive on Texas roadways
They contacted Marisa's Way to speak with Gary about the life saving technology that Marisa's Way helped get installed right here is Florida.