Kerry Kennedy Tests Positive for Form of Ambien, Reacts to Findings

Referencing what she told police previously, in statement, she says "it now appears that my first instinct was correct."

Kerry Kennedy had a form of Ambien in her system on the day of her car accident with a truck in North Castle, according to drug test results.

The findings, from a test taken after the July 13 incident on the North Castle stretch of Interstate 684, show that Zolpidem, a generic term for the drug, came up through a blood test in a concentration of 14 nanograms per milliliter. The results of a urine sample, taken the same day, state that the drug was "not detected" at 10 ng/ml. Kennedy tested negative for alcohol.

The report, from Westchester County's Department of Labs and Research, was filed Wednesday with North Castle Justice Court.

The findings run contrary to what Kennedy believes to be the cause of her accident. At a July 17 North Castle court appearance in Armonk, Kennedy cited neurological findings from doctors, and stated that a seizure was to blame. She also stated that she had "an area of hyper density" in her brain due to a past head injury, according to an MRI test.

Kennedy, at the Armonk press conference, that she has an Ambien prescription, and that she told police after the accident it was possible she may have mistakenly taken it instead of a thyroid medication that she also has.

Reacting to the news Wednesday, Kennedy revisted what she told police.

"The results we received today from the Westchester County lab showed trace amounts of a sleep aid in my system, so it now appears that my first instinct was correct," she said in a statement to the press.

Kennedy, a Bedford resident, stated that she was on her way to the gym that morning and lost her memory of what transpired. She has apologized to the truck driver, Dutchess County resident Rocco Scuiletti, with leaving the accident's scene.

Ken Sunshine, Kennedy's spokesman, released a statement hours after the accident that denied she had drugs in her system, citing initial tests done. Kennedy noted, in her Wednesday statement, that initial findings from a police breathalyzer, along with blood and urine tests at , showed that she tested negative.

Kennedy addressed why she sought outside medical testing.

She added: "The State Police drug recognition expert, who was at the accident scene, said that in his opinion, I was “not under the influence of a narcotic and might have suffered a medical condition while driving.” Therefore, I thought it prudent to pursue other possible explanations for the accident. After extensive neurological tests, my doctors at Mount Sinai concluded that a partial seizure could have caused the accident."

Meanwhile, Kennedy has a new attorney, John D. Pappalardo. In a letter filed with North Castle court, Pappalardo requested that Kennedy's next court date be adjourned from Aug. 14 to Aug. 21. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

The beleaguered Kennedy family has had several challenges this year, both emotional and legal.

Kerry Kennedy's sister-in-law Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead in May at her Bedford home. According to media reports, her son, Conor, is slated for be the administrator of her estate.

Meanwhile, Douglas Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy's brother and Chappaqua resident, of child endangerment in connection with his carrying newborn son Bo through in January. His case is pending in Mount Kisco Justice Court.

JJ July 26, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Great points; I hope someone is reading your comments.
Ross Revira July 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM
If all the Kennedy's living in New York would disappear tomorrow most honest hard working people would consider that a benefit to society. They are their own worst enemies.
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
we will wat till she kills some one ok
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Joe Taxpayer July 26, 2012 at 03:12 AM
A Kennedy almost kills somebody innocent on the road? Shocking! Must be a conspiracy.
Joe Taxpayer July 26, 2012 at 03:14 AM
You're right! Disgusting. We should just cover it up like all the other screw ups from this family that never were broken to the general public.
Sully101 July 26, 2012 at 03:15 AM
She also tested positive for silicone. Kerry you look ridiculous with those implants. Well I guess someone needs to take Anna Nicole's place as a drugged out bimbo with extensive plastic surgery.
Sully101 July 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Ha--wish I had thought of that. I think the reason that they found no alcohol in her urine is because alcohol does not appear in urine. Plus they took the blood and urine from her 5 hours after she crashed.
Atom July 26, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Ambien looks nothing like Thyroid medication...the Kennedys are spinning so many lies ........they just think the rest of us are idiots for not believing their lies of the day
petethexman July 26, 2012 at 04:18 AM
I take 10 mg of Zolpidem at night. It is a small, white, oblong capsule. I also take a 50 mcg capsule of Levothyroxine once in the morning. It too is a small white oblong capsule. If she had a day's worth of her meds in one bottle -- as I often do while being away from home, bringing one bottle instead of TWELVE, as I must take -- then it is entirely plausible. If you're ignorant of FACTS, please don't shoot your mouths off. Look 'em up online, if you don't believe me.
NorthCountyHound July 26, 2012 at 04:56 AM
So many are slaves to the big pharmas and the doctors who dole out their product like giving candy to babies. If you can't sleep have sex or go walk the dogs, then take a hot bath and have a warm glass of milk. The idea that there is a pill for every mood is one of the reason this country is filled with irrational addicts who lie to anyone about anything to support their addictions.
DominatingtheDojo July 26, 2012 at 09:11 AM
This is exactly the kind of thing they expect you focus on. Glad to see you haven't let them down.
Harry One July 26, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Why was the driver charged an Kerry not
NoName July 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
A form of Ambien??? I would assume they are ssaying this becasue it is merely a generic form of the same drug. Nice way to downplay what she was on and had in her system. The Kennedys will get her out of this and the drver of the other vehicle will be made to take the fall. If you are parked and a Kennedy hits your car with theirs, look out, as Criminal charges will fall on you from someplace.
jo July 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Ambein is dangerous.. really is.. it should be banned.. had my own frightening experience with it.. then flushed it down the toilet.. eating.. driving and doing every day chores ..while actually still sleeping is very common when using ambien...
NoName July 26, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What time of day do you take ambien. Aren't you supposed to take it and get in bed??? So, Ambien makes you awake and do all these things while still sleeping? I had never heard of all this before. I guess it affects everyone differently?
sayitsnotsojack July 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Want to bet they come down harder on the truck driver than her? She will get the charges dismissed and he will be fine and lose his license.
John Taggart July 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thats right Marty alot of the drugs used for sleep, depression, and pain effect the chemical messaging systems of the brain. I've been around them for some time and you would'nt believe the things they can do to a person. The most deadly,addictive, and dangerous drugs are prescription drugs. I think many are only legal due to the big pharma lobby Kennedy drove under the influnce of an unpredictable drug.
Portia Torte July 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
This story is pertinent because Kennedy made a press announcement on the very issue. If they want to live in peace in Westchester, then they should stop making press announcements. They are treated fairly by the press here. To be sure, all my nobody drunk, stoned and drug addled neighbors who have gotten DWI's have had their names prominently displayed in the paper and in the Patch. Kennedys are no different and should just keep quiet. Better yet, they should fire their incompetent handlers.
Boron July 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I will never understand how the irrational left, who worship at the altar of Kennedy, continue to defend the indefensible. A truthful Kennedy is an oxymoron. They love ANYTHING which harkens back to their revered decade of the sixties. The smell of pot and patchouli gives them a thrill up their legs.
Boron July 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'm sure you know them personally.
David Fox July 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yeah, it's the Kennedy's. We gotta stop the Kennedys!! Especially the inconsequential Kennedy women. It's doesn't matter how inconsequential the Kennedy is or how many generations removed from political office. They must be stopped. We must keep our eye on the ball!! Stop the Kennedys!!! Stop them!!! They are the problem!! I'm glad we're all taking of our time to come here and rail and against this evil, evil, family. If we could just get these Kennedys in line, especially with their driving, let's all keep this up. This is important stuff and great use of our time!!!
Ross Revira July 26, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Seems like you think so.
Harry One July 27, 2012 at 12:58 AM
"Want to bet they come down harder on the truck driver than her? She will get the charges dismissed and he will be fine and lose his license."
LoveMyTown July 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
let's give the Kennedy family a break, OK?
Nature Lady July 27, 2012 at 01:37 AM
My mother was given Ambien in the hospital, the night before a CAT scan. The doctor was shocked at what her brain waves were like because he didn't know she had taken the Ambien. When he found out it was the Ambien, he wasn't as surprised. It's scary stuff...
Ann July 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM
What's equally scary is antidepressants. There are thousands of documented cases of people taking these and commiting suicide and killing! I will bet any amount of money, this caused Mary Kennedy's suicide and turned the Colorado shooter into a messed up mind. Waiting to hear his toxicology reports. These pharm companies and these psychiatrist have got to stop giving out dangerous drugs! If a lay person knows this, how come they don't with their little degrees! Read the warnings on the antidepressant labels, (((scary))).


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