Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick Accident

On the night of 18/19th July in 1969, the U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy had left a party and was driving his black Oldsmobile sedan when it went off a bridge and landed in Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts.

Kennedy survived the accident but 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. Kennedy fled the scene and did not report the accident for nearly ten hours.

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20 Jul 1969, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA --- Scranton, PA: The body of Mary Jo Kopechne, former employee of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is removed from a charter plane at Wilkes-Barre-Scranton airport here this afternoon, and was taken to a Plymouth, Pa. funeral home. Miss Kopechne died Saturday at Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard in a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, after it plunged into an island pond. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy (D-Mass) manages a smile and a wave as he left hospital in Northampton, Mass.,  July 9, 1964 for transfer to Boston one day less than three weeks after he received a broken back in a plane crash. (AP Photo/J. Walter Green )

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FILE - This July 19, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's car being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass. on Martha's Vineyard. A new feature film is in the works about the tragedy on the small Massachusetts island nearly a half century ago that rocked the Kennedy political dynasty. Kennedy's passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, was trapped in the car after it went off the bridge and died. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - This July 19, 1969 file photo shows the wreckage of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's car after being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. A new feature film is in the works about the tragedy on the small Massachusetts island nearly a half century ago that rocked the Kennedy political dynasty. Mary Jo Kopechne, a passenger in the car, was trapped in the car and died, after Kennedy drove his car off the bridge in July 1969. (AP Photo)