Kerry Kennedy: Doctors Say Seizure Caused Accident

Governor's former wife and member of the Kennedy family speaks out publicly for first time since Friday's North Castle arrest.

says that a seizure is to blame for her car accident on Friday, based on findings from doctors.

Speaking out for the first time since she was arrested after hitting a tractor trailer with her car, Kennedy talked to reporters after her Tuesday arraignment at North Castle town court on her driving while ability impaired charge; she pleaded not guilty. Kennedy explained that she had neurological testing done after her arrest.

“Determined to understand my medical condition, I underwent a full battery of neurological testing at Mount Sinai Medical Center," she said outside of the court building, located in Armonk.

Based on an MRI taken, there is "an area of hyper density" due to a past head injury that she suffered.

“A comprehensive battery of neurological function tests showed symptoms consistent with the right side of the brain injury," she said."

This was just one sign that a seizure may have been the cause.

Kennedy added, “This, coupled with an abnormal EEG, the lack of memory, the quick recovery and a series of other factors led my doctors believe that this accident was caused not by a sleeping aide, but by a complex partial seizure.”

She added that she was told it was the only seizure she has had.

Kennedy was adamant that she did not take any illegal substances. While she confirmed that at the site, she told police she could theoretically have taken an pill mistakenly instead of a thyroid pill, tests for blood, urine and a breathalyzer came back negative for illicit substances or illegal alcohol levels.

Kennedy said that she has prescriptions for both medications, using the thyroid treatment daily and Ambien once a month to help her get to sleep.

“The tests found no drugs or alcohol in my system at all," she said at the press conference.

Moments earlier, Kennedy had been arraigned by Town Justice Elyse Lazansky, who set a return date of Aug. 14 before releasing the Bedford resident in her own custody. In the meantime, Lazansky said, Kennedy must be fingerprinted by the state police and evaluated by TASC, a nonprofit agency that screens for potential substance abuse.

“Do whatever they tell you to do,” Lazansky said of TASC (Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities). “They’re the experts.” Kennedy, wearing a sleeveless royal blue dress and black heels, stood silently and made no statements during her brief arraignment.

Despite a light schedule of cases Tuesday, more than half of the courtroom’s 59 seats were occupied. Media—online and print, radio and television—filled many of them. A growing cohort had been gathering at the tiny North Castle town hall since mid-afternoon in anticipation of Kennedy’s 6 p.m. appearance.

Immediately after, Robert Gottlieb, her lawyer, escorted Kennedy to a makeshift press corral in the parking lot behind town hall. Flanked by sister Rory and brother Christopher, Kennedy apologized to the unnamed truck driver, who was not injured. Kennedy said she remembers getting on Interstate 684 but not hitting the rig.

“I want to apologize to the driver of the truck who I apparently hit and to all of those who I endangered while driving my car last Friday morning.”

She added, “Northern Westchester is my home and I care deeply about my neighbors and about my community.”

Kennedy, a Bedford resident, said that on Friday morning she was driving to the gym when the accident happened.

“I remember getting on the highway and then I have no memory until I was stopped at the traffic light and a police officer was at my car door.”

Seeking to draw a line for the press and public, Kennedy laid out what she would be willing to discuss going forward.

“My legal case will continue to play out in the public domain and anyone interested will have complete access to the public record.”

Kennedy made her press statement after being arrainged Tuesday evening at North Castle town court in Armonk. Her next court date is Aug. 14.

Regarding further medical treatment, Kennedy asked for personal time.

“The course of my medical treatment will also continue over the months ahead, and perhaps indefinitely. I intend to pursue this medical treatment and I hope you will respect my privacy.”

jack July 18, 2012 at 02:34 PM
If this was your sister or mom would you include this kind of detail? If it was a male Kennedy would you report he's wearing a suit? "wearing a sleeveless royal blue dress and black heels" Aren't there more important stories to assign two reporters to? Jeez
Bill July 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
What is being reported here is no different than what the major news organizations are doing. Like it or not, it is big news because of her name. And you have to admit that her outfit and subsequent news conference was a bit excessive. Also, her claim that the tests came back negative can't be true since the results are not back yet. It makes the rest of her story rather suspect.
Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I know in MA, when I suffered an isolated seizure, after 3 months of not driving and being cleared by 2 neurologists, I was allowed to drive again. Suffering a seizure is beyond scary. If this was the cause, I'd wish a speedy recovery to anyone in this situation. It really impacts your life.
Bill July 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Aidan - that was not related to comments it was related to paying for content. Newsday on Long Island did it a while ago. Of course, the difference is that Newsday is a good paper (or at least it was before Cablevision bought it).
Atom July 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
"Horse" is actually a Kennedy clan member on here trying to fight all the bad press...he/ she did it with the other cousin when He beat up the NICU nurse in northern Westchester hospital .....(.again..."above all the rules")....don't think we "sheep" can't feel your venom for all the "journalists" on the Patch when you just want this story swept under the rug .....I get it......You are One of the Kennedy clan or the paid minions to defend the Kennedy name......but you're not that incognito.. .....Since you hate the Patch so much, go read some other elitist journalism site....... you are above us all in your hard edged journalism tastes!!!
10506er July 18, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Amen Atom. My thoughts exactly. Funning with his screen name "I Like that Horse", I guess it's the Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another that he's named himself after. After all, what Kennedy doesn't say I'll Have Another - another wife, another drink, another rule to break, another PR person to hire. :-)
Lisa Anne July 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Great minds think alike. LOL. Just when you thought it could no more ridiculous. W - 0 - W
Edward Growney July 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Why, if Mary Richardson Kennedy killed herself, were her hands so messed up from trying to extricate herself from the noose?
Edward Growney July 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Can one suffer a "seizure" from extreme stress or guilt caused by feelings of betraying someone? (Are Kennedys capable of feeling guilt?)
Robert Carpenter July 18, 2012 at 09:20 PM
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." M.L.K. Wake up.
DebinRye July 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I guess Ted Kaczynski is allowed to use the computer!
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What law trucker charged Kennedy walk take her driving save us.
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM
check the rope for fingerprints
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
In new york the police will be charged
Robert Surabian July 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I opt in for more hard hitting articles on new frozen yogurt shops in the area, recently in Y'town and now in Mohegan. Now what's up with that?
NorthCountyHound July 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Why are the editors deleting perfectly legit comments from this thread? They should rename this Yorktown Pravda!
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
If she goes long enough without a seizure she will get her licence back. But it should be a while, if she is driving next week then someone is playing games.LIES LIES
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Lisa Gentes-Hunt (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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RyeDad July 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Here's your answer Hound. Lisa Gentes-Hunt 10:41 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 I know in MA, when I suffered an isolated seizure, after 3 months of not driving and being cleared by 2 neurologists, I was allowed to drive again. Suffering a seizure is beyond scary. If this was the cause, I'd wish a speedy recovery to anyone in this situation. It really impacts your life.
RyeDad July 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
BTW did Kennedy's doctor report her seizure to NYS DMV as required by law?
cantfoolme July 19, 2012 at 04:32 PM
OK Hunt Ha HA HA
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Who got paid trucker gets ticket Kennedy walks ???
Bruce Apar July 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Lisa, The tough-talking anon-persons who hide behind pseudonyms aren't interested in Terms of Use that presume an innate sense of decency, courtesy and accountability for your own words. Their rabid interest is Terms of Refuse (noun, not verb) based on malice and fear of being found out. Anonymity is their alcoholism: In both cases, you make brazen claims and challenge people in ways you never would when revealed or sober. I look forward to when Patch's Terms of Use require the ultimate form of decency: signing your own name to your own comments. Until then, those drunk on acting out their inner bully while nameless can join Anonymous Anonymous.
Yorktown Tattler July 19, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Bruce Apar, I see that your still bellyaching about those who post with a pseudonym. It is a long tradition particularly with political commentary to write with a pseudonym, so what's your beef with it?
Yorktown Tattler July 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Editor Plamena, could you please re-affirm Patch's reason for allowing pseudonyms? Mr. Apar seems not to get the message that this is an opportunity to be creative and truthful, free of retribution from those who could harm the people brave enough to come forward
Yorktown Tattler July 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Maybe its Bruce Apar who needs to join an anonymous group - Bellyachers Anonymous.
Bruce Apar July 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Great you recognize yourself. So did I when I saw you Monday.
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Shes no Bush A kill and walk Kennedy REMEMBER MARY JO
Harry One July 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hello she read the whole statement written by her lawyer


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