MINEOLA, N.Y. (WPIX)—A Freeport teenager -- who mowed down an elderly Hempstead woman while she was high on prescription drugs -- was indicted on 24 charges Monday, Nassau County prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Kayla Gerdes, 18, was apparently high on oxycodone when she allegedly lost control of her work fan and slammed into Rebecca Twine-Right while as she was gardening in front of her home. The elderly woman was reportedly pinned underneath the front axle of the van and the foundation of her home on the morning of April 20.
If convicted, the teenager faces up to 59 years in prison if convicted.
Since her arrest, Gerdes has been stationed in Nassau County jail since she was reportedly found to be in possession of stolen doctor's prescription pad and a pill bottle containing 22 Oxycodone pills and 29 Xanax pills, according to prosecturos.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is outraged over the incident.
"It is unfathomable that we cannot feel safe on the front lawns of our own homes," she said in a statement.