A Long Island teen, allegedly high on painkillers when she ran down a doctor doing yard work last year, coldly blamed the 69-year-old victim for being too old to dodge her speeding van
when it mounted the woman's lawn and crashed into her home, a police officer testified yesterday.
"She looked up at me at the last second, but she was too old to get out of the way,"
Kayla Gerdes, then 18, said, according to Hempstead Police Officer Anthony Rogers.
Earlier yesterday, Gerdes cried outside the Nassau County courthouse before turning down a plea deal
for manslaughter that would have gotten her 10 years in the slammer in connection with the horrific death of Rebecca Twine-Wright outside her Garden City home last April.
"The monster I've been portrayed to be I'm not.
I'm so sorry for the family; I'm really sorry," sniffed a handcuffed Kayla Gerdes, who rejected a five- to 15-year deal for manslaughter.
Her blubbering fell on deaf ears.
"The public will see just how despicable and disgusting she is," said Twine-Wright's son Chauncey Twine. "It's been nothing but lies from the beginning.
"It's just another example of how sick and twisted her mind is."
Lewis added that although Gerdes admitted to police she was high as a kite, he now says the Freeport teenager claims she snorted OxyContin after the accident.
That only further infuriated Twine.
"So she's lying about things she has already admitted doing," he said. "She is very manipulative. She's very calculating."