Lawyer in fatal DWI wants case tossed over lab tests

The attorney for a suspect in a fatal DWI crash is pushing for his client's case to be thrown out over mistakes that were allegedly

HEMPSTEAD - The attorney for a suspect in a fatal DWI crash is pushing for his client's case to be thrown out over mistakes that were allegedly committed by the Nassau Crime Lab.

Prosecutors say Kayla Gerdes, of Freeport, was high when she ran over and killed Dr. Rebecca Twine as the woman was mowing her lawn in Hempstead in April of 2010.

Blood evidence showed Gerdes had significant levels of prescription drugs in her system, but now Gerdes' lawyer insists that no tests analyzed by the troubled crime lab are reliable.

The lab was shut down last month after a series of mistakes relating to test results had been uncovered.

Gerdes is scheduled to appear in court in two weeks to see if a judge will throw out evidence from the crime lab.

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