Feb 20 Jury selection began on Thursday in the
trial of Kerry Kennedy, daughter of assassinated Senator Robert
F. Kennedy and the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo,
who was charged in 2012 after swerving her car into a tractor
trailer and driving away.
Kennedy, 54, is charged with one count of driving while
impaired, a misdemeanor. No one was injured in the accident in a
suburb of New York City. Kennedy initially said a partial
seizure was to blame but a toxicology report showed that she had
sleeping medication in her system.
Kennedy's lawyers said she took the sleeping pill
accidentally, mistaking it for another medication.
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 in White Plains, about 35 miles (56 km) north of
New York City.
A human rights activist and writer, Kennedy was granted a
waiver to miss the jury selection while she finishes charity
work outside the United States. She was expected to return to
New York for the start of her trial on Feb. 24.
Kennedy was ticketed and arrested after being found slumped
in her white Lexus on the morning of July 13, 2012 in North
Castle in Westchester County. Witnesses said she had been
driving erratically and swerved into the tractor trailer on
Interstate 84, then drove away. No one was injured.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Grant McCool)