It is a good day to be Kerry Kennedy, after charges have been dropped against her for allegedly driving while under the influence, a misdemeanor.
Kerry Kennedy, was pulled over after accidentally taking a sleeping pill and going on a wild ride down a New York State highway. Ms. Kennedy has maintained that she took the pill accidentally, mistaking it for medication she took for a thyroid condition. She testified on Wednesday that she did not realize her mistake until well after the accident.
The four-day trial, which featured a riveting turn on the witness stand by Ms. Kennedy, 54, was centered on an act that neither she nor prosecutors dispute: On July 13, 2012, she drove her Lexus S.U.V. erratically after swallowing Zolpidem, a generic form of the sleep medication Ambien.
During the trial Kennedy took the stand saying, “Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement, and then a senator,” Kennedy told a six-person Westchester jury in the misdemeanor case, which is set to reach deliberations Thursday.
“I have 10 brothers and sisters. My mother raised us because my father died when I was 8,” the 54-year-old said, her voice shaky as she explained why she grew up in Virginia.
“He was assassinated while running for president,” she added.
Kerry Kennedy is the seventh of the eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. She was known as Kerry Kennedy Cuomo from 1991 until 2003. She is the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a daughter of former Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a niece of President John F. Kennedy.