| WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Feb 25 Kerry Kennedy,
daughter of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was so
disoriented after sideswiping a truck in 2012 that it appeared
she had suffered a seizure, a New York state trooper testified
on Tuesday at her impaired driving trial.
Trooper Bradley Molloy was called to the witness stand by
the prosecution on the second day of what the New York press has
dubbed Kennedy's "drugged driving" trial. He testified about
examining her when she was found slumped over the wheel of her
silver Lexus after the July 13, 2012 traffic accident.
Kennedy has pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired.
Molloy, who is a drug recognition expert, said she later
told him she might have accidentally mixed up a sleeping pill
with her thyroid medication before getting behind the wheel of
her car en route to the gym.
Molloy said Kennedy, the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo, passed an alcohol test at the scene, registering zero
alcohol in her system. A toxicology report showed she had the
sleeping medication Ambien in her system.
Kennedy, 54, had driven more than five miles at high speed,
swerving into other lanes and smashing into a tractor-trailer on
a highway about 35 miles (56 km) north of New York City.
She appeared disoriented and confused, possible signs of a
seizure or stroke, Molloy told jurors in Westchester County
"I was concerned a medical condition might have occurred,"
Her mother, Ethel Kennedy, widow of Senator Kennedy,
listened from inside the courtroom.
Kennedy's lawyers said Monday during opening statements that
she took the sleeping pill accidentally and never would have
continued to drive her car had she recognized her mistake.
Prosecutors maintain that even if Kennedy accidentally took
the pill, she broke the law by continuing to drive instead of
recognizing she was a danger to herself or other drivers.
A human rights activist and writer, Kennedy has refused to
take a plea deal in the misdemeanor drugged driving case.
The charge carries a possible sentence of up to one year in
county jail, but with no prior criminal record, Kennedy was
unlikely to face jail time, said an official at Westchester
County Court said.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and David Gregorio)