The van was driven by a drug-addled 18-year-old woman, who later admitted being on "prescription pills," police said.
The New York Post reported today that the teen had a twisted way of seeing the bright side of the crash.
"The thing that made me not feel so bad was, she was old," Kayla Gerdes reportedly told investigators after she was arrested in the death of Rebecca Twine Wright.
According to the Post, police said that Gerdes was high on the painkiller OxyContin, and that when she stepped from the wrecked van she demanded that that a passer-by help her get to the courthouse.
"I'm late for court. You have to take me to court!" she said, according to a criminal complaint quoted by the newspaper. Gerdes was scheduled to appear for on allegations that she stole her mother's jewelry.
Gerdes was driving in the opposite direction of the Nassau County courthouse, however, the Post reported.
-- Lance Murray