Cops: Deadly crash suspect was high

An 18-year-old was ordered held on$200,000 bond after pleading not guilty to vehicular manslaughterand other charges in a crash that killed a 69-year-old woman.

In a statement to police, 18-year-old Kayla Gerdes said "The thing that made me not feel so bad was she was old. I mean 70 years is a long time to live. I want to see a newspaper or the news to see what I look like."

Police say Kayla Gerdes was high on painkillers when she crasheda van into a house in Hempstead, killing a homeowner gardening inher front yard. She was arraigned today in Nassau CountyDistrict Court.

Defense attorney John R. Lewis says his client was headed tocourt on Tuesday to face grand larceny charges for stealing jewelryfrom her mother when the crash occurred. Lewis says Gerdes wasdevastated when told that Rebecca Twine-Wright had been killed. Hesaid Gerdes has an addiction problem and was enrolled in arehabilitation program.

AP contributed to this story.

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