Teen accused of being high during fatal crash rejects plea deal

MINEOLA - A Freeport teenager accused of driving high and killing a woman last April will go on trial.

During a court appearance today, Kayla Gerdes, 19, chose not to accept a plea deal, opting for a trial instead. Her lawyer, John R. Lewis, Jr., says the district attorney is recommending a sentence of five to 15 years in prison, and Gerdes is not going to do any worse at trial.

Police say Gerdes lost control of a van and plowed into Dr. Rebecca Twine Wright, 69, as she was mowing her lawn in Hempstead.

Prosecutors say Gerdes was high on Xanax and Vicodin and driving with only a learner's permit at the time of the accident. Gerdes' attorney, however, told reporters his client didn't use drugs before the accident, but rather immediately after.

Gerdes is facing 28 charges, including manslaughter.

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