- Jun 8, 2009
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- People's Republic of NJ
Woman Charged In Hempstead Van-Lawn Death: 'She Was Old' - 1010WINS.com*HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP/1010 WINS) -- The 18-year-old woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of Hempstead woman told her side of the story Wednesday, and some of her comments are shocking.
Police say Kayla Gerdes was high on painkillers when she drove a van onto the front lawn and into a house in Hempstead, killing homeowner Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, who was mowing her lawn.
At 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, about 16 hours after the Tuesday morning accident, in a statement to police, Gerdes was quoted as saying: "The thing that made me feel not so bad was she was old. "I mean, 70 years is a long time to live."
Defense attorney John R. Lewis says his client was headed to court on Tuesday to face grand larceny charges for stealing jewelry from her mother when the crash occurred.
Lewis says Gerdes was devastated when told that Twine-Wright had been killed. Wright was a retired doctor and mother of two.
This is our future. She'd be a good candidate for a job on the death panels.