Kayla Gerdes: Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Elderly Woman with Van
Kayla Gerdes Says Death of 69-year-old Woman an 'Accident'
Eighteen-year-old Kayla Gerdes became emotional when she was held on $200,000 dollars bail after pleading not guilty to the vehicular homicide of a 69-year-old woman.
An emotional 18-year-old was ordered held on $200,000 bond after pleading not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges in a crash that killed a 69-year-old woman.
Police say that Gerdes was high on pain medication when she drove a van into a house, killing homeowner Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, who was gardening in her front yard. According to police, Gerdes was hysterical on the way to her arraignment, pleading with anyone who would listen that Twine-Wright's death was an accident, that the car went out of control and it wasn't her fault. Twine-Wright was a retired doctor and mother of two.
Kayla Gerdes Pleads Not Guilty, Says Fatal Accident Wasn't Her Fault
Gerdes' Defense attorney John R. Lewis says his client was also facing grand larceny charges for stealing jewelry from her mother when the crash occurred. Lewis said Gerdes struggles with addiction and that she's enrolled in rehab program.
The scene of the accident paints a fairly clear chain of events. Black tire streaks are sign on the road where the van swerved onto grass. Tire tracks in the grass yard lead up to scene of impact, where the van struck the brick house by the front door.