The defense team maintains that Kennedy, a member of the famous family, took a prescribed sleeping pill accidentally, mistaking it for her thyroid medication before she left her Bedford home and headed to the gym on the morning of July 13, 2012. No one was injured in the crash.
"During opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Stefanie DeNise said that even if Kennedy, 54, had taken the sleep aid unintentionally, she had a responsibility to pull her Lexus SUV off the road safely when she began to feel its effects," Allie Molloy and Lena Jakobsson write in this CNN story. "[Defense attorney Gerald] Lefcourt disputed that argument, saying Kennedy had no time to react. 'The zolpidem kicks in, it shuts her down, she's in a state of 'sleep driving,'' he said."
As the case continues in White Plains, folks across the area are weighing in. Patch asked Facebook users about the "sleep-driving defense." Here are a few of the responses:
- "What a waste of time and money in this case .. Thankfully nobody got hurt," - Maureen Walsh Carlucci on the Nyack-Piermont Patch Facebook page
- "Typical Kennedy sense of entitlement arrogance," - Jay Morgenthal on the Southeast-Brewster Patch Facebook Page
- "I guess it's better than afluenza," - Neil Denaut on the Southeast-Brewster Patch Facebook Page
- "She can say anything she wants. I blame it on the time that she was married to Andy Cuomo," - Wendy Mierbeth on the New City Patch Facebook page)
- "Not buying it," - Esther Hillner Wagner (on the Pleasantville-Briarcliff Page Facebook page)
- "Well, since her 'seizure' excuse didn't work (because she didn't have a seizure), she's trying something new. I think it's deplorable that Kennedy feels it's OK for her to operate an automobile under the influence of a drug because she did it accidentally and she was too doped up to know how doped up she was. How many drunks could use the same excuse that they were too drunk to know how drunk they were? Kennedy needs to accept responsibility for what she did (driving for miles impaired after sideswiping a truck) and accept the license suspension. No more special treatment!" - Lola LaValle on the Rye Patch Facebook page