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Palmdale High School grief counselors were on campus to help people who knew the sophomore at their school.
The school’s principal, Matt Anderson said, “she’s a student like any other student here who had her whole world in front of her and she started to, I think, get a vision of what she wanted.”
Emergency officials responded to a call around 3:50 a.m. about a car crashing into a building in Palmdale. Officials reported Mendoza was pronounced dead when the firefighters arrived at the apartment.
Police arrested Roberto Rodriguez, a 20-year-old driver, who is under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sheriff’s reports say his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Outside Mendoza’s home, a family friend held a sign which read, “Alcohol Kills.”
Rodriguez will face charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. He was released on $100,000 bail, but is due in court Tuesday, April 22.
Rodriguez expressed how sorry he was to Mendoza’s family, “sincerely, I’m sorry. It wasn’t my intention. Just, I’m sorry.”
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