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Teen Driver Who Killed Woman: She Was Old

A Freeport teenager charged with crashing a van into a house, killing a woman gardening, told police she didn’t feel so bad after learning the victim’s age.

Kayla Gerdes

Kayla Gerdes, 18, was quoted in a written statement to police saying: “The thing that made me feel not so bad was she was old.” The comments were reported by Newsday, citing court records. She added: “I mean, 70 years is a long time to live.”


Gerdes is facing vehicular manslaughter and other charges in the Tuesday crash in Hempstead that killed 69-year-old Rebecca Twine-Wright.

Defense attorney John R. Lewis says his client was devastated when told the woman had been killed. He said Gerdes, who has pleaded not guilty, has an addiction problem.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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