HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WPIX)—The Long Island man, who allowed a woman to drive his van while allegedly under the influence of drugs and ultimately killing a Hempstead woman mowing her lawn, faces charges of driving while impaired and drug possession.
According to a release, Brian Steele, 29, of Oceanside, was reportedly driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade Wednesday around 1:50 p.m. on Narwood Avenue in Merrick without a seat belt.
In addition, police found pill inside Steele's vehicle -- including Xanax and Vicodin.
Steele admitted to authorities on April 20, that he permitted 18-year-old Kayla Gerdes to drive his van while she was allegedly high on oxycodone Sttle was a passenger in the vehicle, when it spun out of control and ran over 69-year-old Rebecca Twine, who was gardening outside of her home. Twine later died of the injuries she sustained.
Gerdes has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges.
Steele was arrainged Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while impaired by drugs, among other charged. He was released and is due back in court on Monday.