1969 report on Ted Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick Island

Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into a pond, resulting in the drowning of 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne.
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Transcript for 1969 report on Ted Kennedy's accident at Chappaquiddick Island
At midnight last Friday as senator Edward M Kennedy drove a car a narrow bridge and into a pond on Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts. A young woman in the car within those brown. Kennedy is survived the failed to report the accident that nearly ten hours later today police moved to prosecute the senator on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. After causing bodily harm. ABC's now good reports from Edgartown Massachusetts. At 930 in front of the dukes county court house chief of police Dominick arena based blues man Democrat estimated 400 comes people and vacationers. And filing a complaint with the kind of declared. Arena jars the senator was leaving the scene of an accident after having done bodily harm. My investigation is completed amid the still and I will be forbidden before into the hearing and their loudest was enough facts and then. If they complain has issued Venice summit will be issued by the senate turned them. We have to go to court. The senator will not be required to be present when a formal hearing is held next Monday he would be represented that local attorney Richard my current and long time friend and advisor of the Kennedy family Bert Marshall. Mal Goode ABC news Edgartown mass. Cases. So far the tragedy on Martha's Vineyard has raised more questions than have been answered that the questions are muted by compassion for the last male member of in this generation of a family that is at once the lock is an unlucky as in the nation. ABC's national affairs editor bill alarms as a comment. The young blonde was given many politicians including Republicans looked on Senator Kennedy is a shoo in for the democratic presidential nomination. Against president Nixon's bid for reelection in 1970 do perhaps barriers late. Now he's saying politicians privately are asking a lot of questions. And there's no doubt that the tragedy as injured Senator Kennedy ability. Democrats have been John Kennedy that the government will recede in the public memory along with the that I select otherwise it means so. No one hour criticize Senator Kennedy probably referring to get him more time to answer the question bait dealers must be it. About the venomous happen as favoritism and help or to reported to the police prevented him. One Nixon administrations. That there are discrepancies in the senator's story that needs clearing up. To get back to reserved and you're going to be missed the last very. One look at any Democrats damaged. I'm afraid that any panic under very and that's really forgive. Another politician raised the question of whether the senator had been good. Many of sorry sympathize with a senator who assumed the Kennedy political mess after his three elder Brothers were cut down by violent death. But Lawrence ABC news Washington.

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