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Kerry Kennedy: Ambien Zombie or Reckless Driver?

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Kerry Kennedy: Ambien Zombie? That’s the headline currently making the rounds, though family and friends say her bizarro behavior has nothing to do with the consumption of drugs. So if prescription medication isn’t to blame, then what caused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ex-wife to plow into the side of a tractor-trailer last week? Reckless driving? Poor road conditions? Kennedy cruse? At this point, nobody really seems to know for sure.

Here’s what happened: According to authorities, Kennedy was driving in an unsafe manner through Westchester, New York on Friday when she accidentally collided with a very large truck. Instead of getting out of her vehicle to check on the other person, she hit the gas and fled the scene of the crime. Police located the reckless driver down the road a peice, her head slumped onto the steering wheel of her automobile. She told police that she had no recollection of the incident, claiming that she might have taken Ambien before getting behind the wheel of the car.

“My first impression was that she was really, really drunk, half asleep or very, very intoxicated. She’s very lucky she didn’t kill somebody,” trucker driver Rocco Scuitello explained to Good Morning America. “She woke up a little bit, not a lot, not the way you’d wake up if you’d just hit a 6,000-pound truck. The only thing she wanted to do then was get away, because she floored it and took off.”

Patrick Kennedy, Kerry’s cousin, expressed his concern over the accident, stating that the family was worried about Kerry’s condition. However, in order to spin some damage control over Kennedy’s claim that she might have taken Ambien before her vehicular adventure, the family issued a statement claiming that drugs did not play a role in the collision.

“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests — all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system. The charges were filed before the test results were available,” the family explained.

As someone who once took Ambien to combat insomnia, I can say for a fact the drug isn’t designed with activity in mind. Anyone who pops one of these pills and gets behind the wheel of a car is only asking for trouble. Since the family is denying Kerry ingested anything that would alter her behavior in any way, shape, or form, it will be curious to see how they explain her antics that night. Is this just the supposed “Kennedy curse” in action once again, or is this alleged Ambien Zombie attempting to hide her habit from the prying eyes of the public?

Kerry Kennedy: Ambien Zombie or Reckless Driver?
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  • Mary Harris

    I don’t condone anyone driving under the influence, whether it’s street drugs or prescription drugs. But I had a horrible experience with Ambien. I got out of bed on night around midnight, got in my car and I drove to the gas station to fill up, the ATM for cash and then I went through the drive-thru at McDonald’s! I NEVER eat at McDonald’s. I was 100% unaware of my actions until I get in my car to go to work in the morning and there were french fries all over the passenger seat. I didn’t notice my gas tank was full until I pulled into the gas station to fill up, and that is also when I found my cash and ATM receipt. Ambien needs to be taken off of the market!

  • nancy

    she will get off, what Kennedy don’t

  • Kris Cavallaro

    The exact same thing happened to me as Kerry Kennedy. In was September 2008 8:30 in the morning. I was diagnosed with adult adhd 3 weeks prior and prescribed medication for it. I have cornea disease and wear scleral contacts as glasses do not achieve good vision. I left the house around 8:50 to make my 9:00 kickboxing class. I felt weird and hit a truck in front of me causing him $150 in damages to his bumber. I was passed out …I told them I took my adhd med and at the emergency the doc said I probably accidentally took my ambien instead, he said he sees it all the time. I voluntarilly took breath test, drug test and blood test. I had nothing to hide. A few months later I recieved a court paper saying I was convicted of duid. The toxicologist found 0.05mg of ambien in my system. There was nothing else. I am a housewife, mother and full time college student. I have been fighting this for 4 years and lost 2 appeals. Not to mention all the money in lawyer fees and motor vehicle fees. It was totally an accident and understand the outcome could have been much worse. My lesson I learned is for me to take more time for myself instead of rushing always, but really?? A drug conviction?!!!? You can reduce the charges of a dui but not a duid…. The legislation needs to take a look at what is going on here. I have no prior record and never took drugs, now I have a conviction of drugs on my record! If there is someone who can help me please email back. I am 41 years old and attending college for nursing.