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Hempstead Car Accident Kills Pedestrian

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
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Posted on Apr 27, 2010

A Hempstead car accident involving an unlicensed teenage driver kills a pedestrian after she was struck by a van while in front of her home. The incident took place on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, on Cathedral Avenue.

According to Nassau County police, 18-year-old Kayla Gerdes lost control of the van she was driving, jumped a curb and ran over a woman who was mowing her lawn. The van then slammed into the home.

The victim has been identified as Rebecca Twine Wright, 69, of Hempstead. According to officials, Wright was killed instantly.

Police have indicated that they do not know how fast Gerdes was driving, but they do believe she was over the speed limit. Also, she did not have a New York driver’s license and was high on oxycodone at the time.

Gerdes faces several charges including manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, DWI and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Remarks Gerdes made upon leaving court the next day left the members of the press stunned.

“Leave me alone, leave me alone,” Gerdes said. “It was a mistake. The car…I’m sorry. It was a mistake. I didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident. Please leave me alone. It was a mistake.”

The fatal Hempstead pedestrian accident is still under investigation by local authorities.

This is a terrible accident and our thoughts and condolences go out to Ms. Wright’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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