Chappaquiddick Incident
Senator Edward Kennedy and tragedy at Chappaquiddick

What was the Chappaquiddick incident ?

Senator Edward Kennedy has served his country in the Senate since 1962. As the second most senior member of the Senate, he has the nickname "The Lion of the Senate".

What happened at Chappaquiddick


Back in 1969, Ted Kennedy was involved in a terribly unfortunate accident which killed a young woman. The Kennedy family often had parties following the Edgartown sailing regatta. Ted had left the party, which was held at a house on Chappaquiddick, and was driving with Mary Jo Kopechne in the car when he took a wrong turn and drove off a bridge.

Ted managed to swim to safety but Kopechne died. Kennedy did not contact authorities about the incident until after Kopechne's body was found the next day.

Unfortunate Tragedy at Chappaquiddick


Following an inquest into Kopechne's death, Judge James A. Boyle concluded:

  • "Kopechne and Kennedy did not intend to return to Edgartown" at the time they left the party
  • "Kennedy did not intend to drive to the ferry slip"
  • "[Kennedy]'s turn onto Dike Road was intentional"

Although Kennedy could have been arrested, he was not and there was no further pursuit into the matter by the District Attorney.

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