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Van crashes into house, kills woman

Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, was fatally struck by a

Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, was fatally struck by a van on April 20, 2010, while on her front lawn in Hempstead. Photo Credit: Handout

A commercial work van crashed onto the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, killing a woman, police said.

Kayla Gerdes is taken to Nassau County Court
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Kayla Gerdes is taken to Nassau County Court for sentencing in the death of Rebecca Twine, whom she ran down while driving under the influence of drugs two years ago. (July 10, 2012)

Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in
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Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in Mineola to face more charges in a fatal crash in Hempstead. (June 15, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in
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Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in Mineola to face more charges in a fatal crash in Hempstead. (June 15, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in
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Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau courthouse in Mineola to face more charges in a fatal crash in Hempstead. (June 15, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau County Courthouse
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Kayla Gerdes arrives at the Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola to be arraigned on grand jury indictments. (June 15, 2010)

Tara Gerdes, mother of Kayla Gerdes, leaves the
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Tara Gerdes, mother of Kayla Gerdes, leaves the Nassau County Courthouse after her daughter was arraigned, Tuesday. (June 15, 2010)

A commercial work van crashed onto the front
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A commercial work van crashed onto the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, Tuesday, killing a woman, police said. The van came to a rest on the front porch of the home on Cathedral Avenue, the body of the victim lodged under the van. (April 20, 2010)

A commercial work van crashed onto the front
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A commercial work van crashed onto the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, Tuesday, killing a woman, police said. The van came to a rest on the front porch of the home on Cathedral Avenue, the body of the victim lodged under the van. (April 20, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County
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Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of vehicular manslaughter. (April 21, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County
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Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of vehicular manslaughter. (April 21, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County
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Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of vehicular manslaughter. (April 21, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County
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Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola to be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of vehicular manslaughter. (April 21, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County
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Kayla Gerdes is brought out of Nassau County police headquarters to be arraigned on Wednesday in Mineola. Police said she was driving while ability impaired by drugs when the van she was driving struck and killed a woman outside her Hempstead home. (April 21, 2010)

A commercial work van crashed onto the front
Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

A commercial work van crashed onto the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, Tuesday, killing a woman, police said. The van came to a rest on the front porch of the home on Cathedral Avenue, the body of the victim lodged under the van. (April 20, 2010)

A commercial work van crashed onto the front
Photo Credit: Lou Minutoli

A commercial work van crashed onto the front lawn of a home in Hempstead, Tuesday, killing a woman, police said. The van came to a rest on the front porch of the home on Cathedral Avenue, the body of the victim lodged under the van. (April 20, 2010)

Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, the mother of Kayla Gerdes, leaves
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Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, the mother of Kayla Gerdes, leaves Nassau County Court in Mineola. Kayla Gerdes is charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of a Hempstead woman who was run over by a van in her front yard April 20. (April 23, 2010)

Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, mother of Kayla Gerdes, looks away
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Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, mother of Kayla Gerdes, looks away from photographers and journalists on Friday in Nassau County Court. Kayla Gerdes is charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of a Hempstead woman who was run over by a van in her front yard April 20. (April 23, 2010)

Attorney John R. Lewis, with Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, mother
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Attorney John R. Lewis, with Tara Oetjen-Gerdes, mother of Kayla Gerdes, leaves Nassau County Court. Police say Kayla Gerdes was driving a van that fatally hit a Hempstead woman in her front yard. (April 23, 2010)

Defense attorney John R. Lewis Jr. of Farmingdale
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Defense attorney John R. Lewis Jr. of Farmingdale holds Tara Oetjen-Gerdes as she speaks to the news media on Wednesday about her daughter, Kayla Gerdes, who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69. (April 21, 2010)

Police mug shot of Kayla Gerdes (April 21,
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Police mug shot of Kayla Gerdes (April 21, 2010)

Kayla Gerdes is seen in a photo taken
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Kayla Gerdes is seen in a photo taken from her Facebook page. Gerdes, 18, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after police said a van she was driving killed a Hempstead woman in her front yard on April 20, 2010.

Kayla Gerdes is seen in a photo taken
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Kayla Gerdes is seen in a photo taken from her Facebook page. Gerdes, 18, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after police said a van she was driving killed a Hempstead woman in her front yard on April 20, 2010.

Nassau police question a woman, Tuesday, after a
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Nassau police question a woman, Tuesday, after a van crashed into a house in Hempstead, killing a woman who had been on the front lawn, officials said. (April 20, 2010)

Nassau police question a woman, Tuesday, after a
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Nassau police question a woman, Tuesday, after a van crashed into a house in Hempstead, killing a woman who had been on the front lawn, officials said. (April 20, 2010)

A person is in custody after being involved
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A person is in custody after being involved in a fatal accident where a van crashes into a home on Cathedral Avenue. (April 20, 2010)

Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, was fatally struck by a
Photo Credit: Handout

Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, was fatally struck by a van on April 20, 2010, while on her front lawn in Hempstead.

Chauncey Twine holds a photo of his mom,
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Chauncey Twine holds a photo of his mom, Rebecca Twine-Wright, 69, who was fatally struck on April 20 by a van while on her front lawn in Hempstead. (April 21, 2010)

Police investigate a fatal accident in which a
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Police investigate a fatal accident in which a van crashed into a home on Cathedral Avenue on Tuesday in Hempstead. (April 20, 2010) Click here to read more about this accident.

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