Plea Deal in Long Island Manslaughter Case Where Driver Was High On Drugs

A Long Island driver has plead guilty to more than thirty charges, including manslaughter, in the 2010 death of a doctor from Hempstead. Among the other charges in the plea deal was drug possession, after police found Oxycodone and Xanax in the driver’s car. Although, as the NY Post reports, the District Attorney pressed for the maximum sentence allowable, a plea was reached for a prison term of three to nine years.

Dr. Twine-Wright, a 69 year-old female, was mowing the front lawn of her home in the morning at approximately 10:00 AM when she was struck by a van driven by Gerdes, then 18, who was high on pot and prescription pills.

To read the full account of the sentencing, including several quotes from the family of the victim, see the article in the New York Post.

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