We ferried over to Chappaquiddick Island on our bikes to check out the famous Dyke bridge. In 1969, that’s where Senator Ted Kennedy drove off the bridge (which at the time had no guardrails), overturning his car in a tidal pond at midnight. He left the scene of the accident, after trying unsuccessfully to rescue his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, age 28. He did not report the accident to authorities until the next morning. He was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident, causing bodily injury, and operating a motor vehicle too fast for existing conditions – for which he was given a shocking two month suspended sentence. A grand jury decided that there was insufficient evidence to bring manslaughter charges, but Kennedy’s reputation never fully recovered, undermining his chances of every becoming President of the US.
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