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Kerry Kennedy Says Ambien 'Overtook' Her, Causing Car Crash
77WABC Radio.com ^ | 2/27/14

Posted on 02/27/2014 3:18:36 PM PST by Impala64ssa

A jury was poised to begin deliberations after Kerry Kennedy told them how she accidentally took prescription sleeping pills that then "overtook" her, causing her to crash her car on a highway. Kennedy, 54, took the stand to testify in her own defense Wednesday in her drugged driving trial. She is accused of driving under the influence of zolpidem, a sleep medication better known as Ambien, and slamming her SUV into a truck on a New York highway in July 2013.One final witness, a forensic pharmacologist, is expected to be called by the defense on Thursday to testify to the effects of Ambien before final arguments are made and the case goes to the jury.Within minutes of taking the stand Kennedy invoked the name of her late father, Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy's famous lineage has been a focal point for the defense as they've tried to present her as an upstanding citizen with no drug or alcohol problems. The daughter of RFK and Ethel Kennedy, whom she was photographed pushing in a wheelchair into and out of court earlier in the week, is also a niece of President John F. Kennedy and was married to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement," Kerry Kennedy said after taking the stand, explaining to jurors why she grew up in Virginia. "I have 10 brothers and sisters. My mother raised us because my father died when I was 8," she said. Asked how he died, Kennedy said, "He was killed while running for president."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alcohol; ambien; andrewcuomo; kennedyclan; kerrykennedy; massachusetts; newyork; substanceabuse; virginia; zonker
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To: Impala64ssa

What kind of an idiot takes Ambien before getting in a car to drive on the Thruway?

At least, take away her driver’s license for 5 years!


2 posted on 02/27/2014 3:21:01 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Well at least nobody drowned like when uncle teddy got behind the wheel.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 3:23:48 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: miserare

She is lucky she didn’t end up in the water gasping for air then dying .... I think some relative did that to a women years ago.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 3:24:56 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Impala64ssa

Since the left just loves to ban stuff how about they ban the Kennedy’s from ever possessing Ambien?
You know to save the children and all that...


5 posted on 02/27/2014 3:25:04 PM PST by mowowie
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To: miserare

“What kind of an idiot takes Ambien before getting in a car to drive on the Thruway?

At least, take away her driver’s license for 5 years!”
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It’s a Kennedy... They can do no wrong./S


6 posted on 02/27/2014 3:26:05 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: miserare

I took ambien once to get to sleep, and I can’t understand how anyone would think it’s a good idea to get into a car after taking it. 5 minutes after taking I was lucky to get to the bedroom.


7 posted on 02/27/2014 3:26:17 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: VRWCmember

All this for a misdemeanor traffic ticket?


8 posted on 02/27/2014 3:26:22 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: Domandred

That’s how it is advertised to work. It says on the box: Do not take unless you can go to bed for 8 hours. (Something like that.)

Guess she was too drunk to read the instructions.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 3:28:39 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

This proves the Kennedys and the DNC
should control everyone else.


10 posted on 02/27/2014 3:29:59 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: miserare

How many times do people in your family have to have trouble with operating motorized vehicles under various forms of impairment, particularly chemical, before you realize, hey, maybe it’s a really bad idea to eat Ambien and try to drive?


11 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:04 PM PST by RichInOC (Ted Kennedy: The Man In The Brooks Brothers Shirt.)
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To: miserare

Yeah, you’d have to be pretty danged dumb or willfully ignorant of your prescription meds to take Ambien before getting behind the wheel.

I took one of those, one time. Never again. I’d rather deal with my bouts of insomnia than the effects that little pill had on me. Yikes!


12 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:18 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: miserare

What kind of an idiot takes Ambien before getting in a car to drive on the Thruway?

An arrogant, I’m above the laws of the common people, Kerry Kennedy.


13 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:18 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: miserare

There should be a law against Kennedy’s driving a car.

They have so much money, why don’t they employ a driver.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:44 PM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: miserare

Demonstrating that not all spoiled brats are kids.


15 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:50 PM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: miserare
What kind of an idiot takes Ambien before getting in a car to drive on the Thruway?

A Kennedy.

16 posted on 02/27/2014 3:32:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: miserare

“... accidentally took prescription sleeping pills ...”
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Pill’s fault!


17 posted on 02/27/2014 3:33:11 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: miserare

Kennedys - Can’t Drive, Can’t Fly, Can’t Ski, Can’t Skipper a Boat.....but they know what’s best for us.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 3:33:26 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: miserare

Is she saying she didn’t know she had taken Ambien?


19 posted on 02/27/2014 3:34:12 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

Yes. She “must have taken it by accident.” So she says.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 3:36:24 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

Lol


21 posted on 02/27/2014 3:36:51 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: miserare

For people, like myself, who have really needed Ambien at times, it is a miracle drug, if used as prescribed. Look for the Dems to ban Ambien for everyone if they can only get their Kennedy off the hook on this one. It couldn’t possibly be her fault.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 3:37:23 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: All

Her excuse is a different version of “Affluenza”...


23 posted on 02/27/2014 3:38:28 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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Kennedies: can’t ski, can’t drive, can’t fly, can’t boat. Did I forget anything. What was the poor taste joke a few years ago? Egypt Air: for only 20 bucks will take you from JFK to JFK Jr


24 posted on 02/27/2014 3:41:31 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: miserare

Did she get a blood test that actually showed ambien? If a blood test was taken, is anyone sure that the actual results are HERS and not something substituted by another family member??!!


25 posted on 02/27/2014 3:44:06 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: miserare
What kind of an idiot takes Ambien before getting in a car to drive on the Thruway?

Ummm, a Kennedy?

26 posted on 02/27/2014 3:44:16 PM PST by PGR88
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To: miserare

Ambien is a particularly insidious drug. It can be like sleepwalking except you can be lucid, do just about anything, and not remember it the next day


27 posted on 02/27/2014 3:44:49 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: Avid Coug

Taken responsibly, Ambien must be a godsend for people with insomnia.

But Kerry Kennedy was not behaving responsibly when she took the drug “accidentally” before driving.

Even old geezers like me have the sense to put our pills in those 7-day divider boxes and to check and double check what we are taking and when.

Which leads me to believe that this woman is an addict of some kind. Really out of it.


28 posted on 02/27/2014 3:46:39 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

Is there a tox test that shows she was actually under the influence of ambien? This is so common amongst the Kennedy clan that I belive they all have standing scrips for ambien so that they have a ready-to-hand excuse for when they drunkenly crash their cars and flee the scene.


29 posted on 02/27/2014 3:46:57 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Paine in the Neck

That seems to be their standard go-to defense in these situations.


30 posted on 02/27/2014 3:48:46 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: dfwgator

Can’t swing a golf club without killing someone as well.


31 posted on 02/27/2014 3:48:49 PM PST by miele man
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To: shelterguy
All this for a misdemeanor traffic ticket?

??? Crashed her SUV into a truck because she was driving under the influence of a narcotic sleeping pill. At least nobody drowned like when uncle teddy got behind the wheel but she could have killed a family or two just as easily.

32 posted on 02/27/2014 3:50:38 PM PST by VRWCmember
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To: miserare

She just implicated herself driving under the influence of drugs. Ambien is a sleep medication. What on earth was she thinking? Oh, right, a Kennedy.


33 posted on 02/27/2014 3:56:45 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: miserare

Well, I think that is why she has to claim she took them “accidentally”, because otherwise, Ambien or no Ambien, she is in trouble.

Now, how one “accidentally” takes a drug, is a little perplexing. Does she mix her prescription drugs in with her vitamins and birth control pills, in a big candy dish?


34 posted on 02/27/2014 3:59:47 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: miserare

The Kennedys. What an utterly reprehensible clan.


35 posted on 02/27/2014 4:00:04 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: miserare

Especially this one, who claims she was never had a drug/drinking problem. Well, given the legendary history of drug and alcohol abuse so intertwined in the history of this dysfunctional family, one would think that if she’s such a “good girl” she would’ve thought twice before popping some Ambiens before getting behind the wheel.


36 posted on 02/27/2014 4:01:14 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Yeah, they only found Ambien in her system, so they could be certain the blood didn’t come from another Kennedy, due to the small numbers of intoxicants found :)


37 posted on 02/27/2014 4:01:28 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: miserare

It should be treated just like it was driving while intoxicated. The directions are clear that you should not take it and drive. Take her license or next time she may kill someone you love.


38 posted on 02/27/2014 4:12:31 PM PST by TonyM
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To: Avid Coug

Ambien worked for me for a long time. But the longer you take it, the less effective it will become. Eventually I found that I could no longer get more than 3 hours sleep with it, and the sleep became less and less deep. Its a hypnotic, and messes with your memory. Look it up if you don’t believe me


39 posted on 02/27/2014 4:13:19 PM PST by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: miserare

Seems to me that there needs to be genetic screening that would be used to prohibit anybody that is linked to the Kennedy clan from ever getting a driver license, the helm or wheel on a boat or ship or the controls of any type of aircraft. These people are a danger anytime that they are put in control of anything.


40 posted on 02/27/2014 4:15:14 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: miserare

BINGO!!

You hit the nail on the head!


41 posted on 02/27/2014 4:16:45 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: dfwgator

“Kennedys - Can’t Drive, Can’t Fly, Can’t Ski, Can’t Skipper a Boat...but they know what’s best for us.”

Post Of The Day! :)


42 posted on 02/27/2014 4:17:23 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Boogieman

“Does she mix her prescription drugs in with her vitamins and birth control pills, in a big candy dish?”

Funny! LOL!


43 posted on 02/27/2014 4:19:45 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: miserare

Was she taking the “Ambien” for her “Affluenza”?


44 posted on 02/27/2014 4:20:09 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Domandred
I took ambien once to get to sleep, and I can’t understand how anyone would think it’s a good idea to get into a car after taking it.

My wife tried it once, woke up in the middle of the night, went in the kitchen, cooked a complete meal, went back to bed, got up the next morning and remembered nothing. If the house and car keys had not been hidden in an unusual place just in case of such a reaction, she could well have sleepwalked to the car and then sleep-drove. Bottom line: KK should have known better, but celebrities rarely do.

45 posted on 02/27/2014 4:25:09 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Impala64ssa
What happened to the paragraphs? Isn't the <p> your friend?
46 posted on 02/27/2014 4:25:16 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: miserare

I’m not one to cast the first stone, but what does her daddy have to do with her driving while stoned?
Maybe she made a mistake, but for the love of Pete!


47 posted on 02/27/2014 4:27:05 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: chajin

That word, celebrities. May I assume you have a rather loose definition of that word?


48 posted on 02/27/2014 4:27:07 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I don’t think she needs birth control pills anymore.


49 posted on 02/27/2014 4:27:10 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

Was she on her way to the Capitol to cast a vote on legislation?


50 posted on 02/27/2014 4:33:15 PM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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