“No, I didn’t [purposely aim for her.] Listen, stop — listen, it was an accident! Please leave me, alone it was a mistake! Stop it was a mistake!” the 18-year-old screamed. “No, I was on prescription drugs, it was a mistake! Stop! Leave me alone! Leave me alone! Leave me alone! It was a mistake! The car — I’m so sorry! It was a mistake, I didn’t mean to do it! Please, leave me alone! Please leave me alone! Please, it was a mistake! OK — the car went out of control, I was pressing the brake and it wouldn’t go! It was a mistake, I’m sorry!”
Kayla Gerdes, pictured above, of Freeport, Long Island, killed a 69 year old retired doctor who was mowing her lawn, while driving a friend’s van high on the prescription painkiller Oxycontin, per her own admission, yesterday morning.
Gerdes was headed to a court appearance in a male friend’s van as the passenger, but took over the driving duties, because she was apparently unhappy because her friend drove too slowly, ironically enough.
Many things strike us about this accident. To name a few, we’ll start with a photo of the van after the accident:
Notice how the van did more than hit an innocent home owner, it also hit an innocent home, driving across the lawn and smashing through the front of the home. I am wondering how high the guy was who let Kayla Gerdes have the keys to his truck. Kayla’s lawyer was wondering aloud the same thing, blaming the accident on Kayla’s friend’s poor judgment, and calling into question our national health care from the court house steps, saying that Gerdes was in rehab for opiates for a week, but had to leave treatment because her mother’s insurance lapsed.
If you were wondering, Gerdes was on her way to court because she had stolen and hocked her mother’s jewelry. When taken into custody, Gerdes gave the following statement about her remorse:
According to court documents obtained by CBS Radio’s 1010WINS, Kayla Gerdes was quoted in a written statement to police saying: “The thing that made me not feel so bad was she was old,” she said. “I mean, 70 years is a long time to live.”
Indeed. Though her lawyer isn’t doing much better, he should make sure that’s the last of the statements his client makes. Gerdes was also believed to be on the prescription drug Xanax, but did not have prescriptions for Oxycontin or Xanax.
As you read, she did say sorry…