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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta ThurWoy, April M, THE UTHMDCI HMAU Judge Challenges Kennedy Account Of Fatal Auto Accident BOSTON (AP) Judge James A. Boyle said in an in- quest report made public Wednesday be did not believe Senator Edvrard M. Kennedy m- teaM to leave Cbappaquiddkk fclanl Wavy Jo KopKfane (1 tie time of the ictcmobtte antied killed the O- jrar-oW secretary. Boyte also said tbere wis cause to believe Kemedy oper- ated car negKsantly in a that "appears to have to Ibe death Miry Jo topecine." But the surprise Boding of his 12-paee iiiquesl report, dated Feb. Ms challenge to Kenedy1; juilic acowi ol the "I iiier a reasonable and probaMe expUaatJoo rf the to- Ulitr of UK above acts is that Kaaedr and Kopedne did not Wend to return to Edgartown at that time; that Kennedy did not intend to drive to the ferry sip and his turn onto Dike Road TO iateEticnfll." KeoDedy )fsued a statement fa WahuJgtan through bis press which said: "At the incjuest I aswered all questions asked of me In my personal riew. lie Inference and ultimate finding of the judge's report are not justified and I reject them. facts oi this inodenl are now fully pubiic, and eventual judarent and understanding nets utere 'A betoujp. For my- plan no further statement on ttts tragic matter. Both our families .have suffered enough from .public utterances and Tbere was no explanation as to why no additinal charge was filed against Kennedy, who pleaded guilty Jury S to leaving the scene of the Kennedy testified that be was met at Ihe airport by John J. Crinunins who often drove bun. He said Crimmins drove him from the airport to the rented cottage where be changed into swimming trunks and that Crimmins then drove him across the same Dike Bridge to the beach where be took a swim early that afternoon. He sail in his testimony that after Ailing, be returned to the cottage on Chappaquiddick and had a drink of rum and cola about 8 p.m. COCKTAILS SERVED While some of the guests pre- pared dinner, cooked steaks and prepared salad, cocktails were served. Q. Did anyone in particular tend bar or.have charge of this particular responsibility? A, Well I tried initially to re- spool to any of the requests of the guests when they arrived and then I think most of the in- dividuals made their drinks after that. Release of Boyle's report and the 754-page transcript of testi- mony at Ihe inquest had been delayed by Massachusetts Su- preme Court order until possi- bility of prosecutionhadpassed. More of Kennedy: Q. When you left at the questioning of "11 was known that tfae ferry1 ceased operation about mid- night and special arrangements must be made for a later trip. No such arrangements were made." Kennedy testified that he ap- plied the only a "frac- tion of a second" before the car left the bridge and plunged into the water. Q. DM you realize at that mo- ment that you were not hrading for the fmy? A. At the moment I went ofl the bridge, I certainly did. Q. What happened after that, senator? A. Well I remembered the ve- hicle iLseH just beginning to go off Ihe Dike Bridge, and the next thing T recall is the move- ment of Mary Jo next to me the struggling, perhaps bitting or kicking me and I at this opened my eyet and realized.I was upside down, that it was pilch black. I knew thai and was able to get a half a gulp, wood of air, before I be- completery immersed in the water. I realized that Mary Joandlbadtogetoutofthe car. I can remember reachinj down to try and JTc "abso- lutely sober." He tald Judge Boyle that he had only a portion of beer at the Sbiretown Inn be- fore kai-ing for Ibe cottage party, where be hid the first rum aad coke at I pjn. and the stand one He said IK bad dinner about 10. Judge Boyle's report said "Ten of the al the cook out did-not intend to remain a the cottage overnight." Boyle said Kennedy's ear and a smaller car were avafla Me' at'the cottage for the trans- portation of those 10 persons. He also said an ataVomobOe owned by Raymond S.'U Rosa, who was at the party, narked at the Shiretown Inn was available for use. Boyle said "Ihe totality of the fads" led to bis judgmen that Kennedy and Kopechne dk not intend to return to Edgar town at the tune of the acdden and that Kennedy intedionalh turned his car onto aroadkad- jig away from the ferry. The road taken ted to Ihe nar- ow bridge where the Ktident xcuired. "Having readied Ibis conclu- sion the question then Bins at to whether mere was anything criminal in his operation of the motor the judge said. BRIDGE A HAZARD Boyle said be was convinced the bridge is t traffic haunt which must be approached with extreme caution. "A speed of even 20 miles per hour, u Kennedy testified ta, operating or at large u thin Otdanobue, would at be negligent and probably reck- Boyle said. That led to hh finding thtt hen was probable cause to be- lieve Kennedy drove In renewing the testi- mony itself, Boyfe said "there was not much drinking and no one was under the sfhwnee o iquor at the time" at the Cbap- paquiddkk party. "No one admit than three drinks, most only to two or the judge sad. Min Newberg, Miss Ko- pechne's roommate tor the Kopechne did not feel well and that he was taking her back Katama Shores, requested and obtained the car keys to the kfcmobile, and both he and Copechne departed. Kopechbe told no one, other than Ken- nedy, that she was leaving." AYS RETURNED said in njs television speech one week after the acci- thai after Ihe car went off bridge and he had tried to rescue Miss Kopechne, be re- uroed to Ihe cottage and sought he help of his cousin Joseph F. and a friend, Paul F. a former U.S. attDr- oey for Massachusetts. Gargao testified that he first saw Kennedy after the accident at about or (a.m.) in the back seal of the second car at the cottage. He testified tha tbe first One Kennedy !aM was Paul 0. And wnal did hi By after that? A. Wen, I got mto the Paul Markham got into the car The senator said to me, The wag asked lo describe the appearance of. Mks Ko- pechne and Kennedy. Mas New berg replied amply: "Sober." Judge Boyle reviewizg and p.m." "Kennedy told Crimmnf. but no other per son that he was tired, wanted I return to Shiretown to bed, tba "Mr. GargaB wafted to tfae ouch with Mr. Uarkhani, and be almost fell at the bottom of my she awL "He said to me, 'Please act and he said something to the effect, 'I am exhausted; it you knew hat I had hem through you Id roe lie there. Pteve let me lie there'." Asked how Gargan kicked, Miss said: "Red In me ace and exhausted." car has gone off the bridge down by the beach aad Mary Jo is in With that I backed up the car and went just as last as I could towards the Liidgt. Miss Newberg said that Mark ham and Gargan were sum mooed outside the cottage of La Rosa at about a.m. She said she didn't we them until after 2 a.m., at which time, she said, she was trying to go lo sleep on a couch in the cottage's living room. SENATOR KENNEDY Mr. Motorist Did You Know! hi the tvent af an octUtni rapain can IN at tba Betty Shop af yaur Iw a first clou )eb by Contact DEAN HARKER COLLEGE Mercury Saks Ltd. Body Shop 1916 ?hd Ave. S. Phena 327-5763 For 14 Haw lowing Servlci Coll 321-5344 of time I noticed the time, de- sired to leave and return to Sbiretown Im and indicated to her mat I was leaving and, re- turning to town. She indicated to me that she was desirous of leavmg if I would be kind enough to drop her back at her boteL GOT CAR KEYS Kennedy said be got the, car, keys from Crimmins, who drove him "on practically every cccar and drove himself be- cause Crimmins was eating his meal. The inquest judge noted that "there are consistencies and contradictions in the testimony. In his recital of the facts, Boyle said Kennedy had for nine years employed Crimmins as his chauffeur and rarely drove himself. Crimmins was at the Cbappa- quiddick- party which Kennedy, gave for Miss Kopechoe and five other girls who hjd worked in the presidential campaign of his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. The judge noted that Crim- mins "was available at Ihe time of the fatal trip." Boyle said Kennedy told only Crimmins that be was leaving the party for the Shiretown Ira at Edgartown OD Martha's Vine- yard and requested the car keys. SAT IN FRONT Kennedy testified be drove with Miss Kopechne sitting in front. Q. And on leaving the cottage, Kennedy, where did you go? A. Well I travelled down, I be- lieve it is Main Street, took a right on Dike Road, and drove off the bridge at Dike Bridge. Kennedy denied that be had stopped the car or drove it into Cemetery Road during the trip. He said he saw DO one on tbe road, passed no other cars. Kaanedy testified that he was driving at only seven or eight miles an hour when he turned on Dike Road. He said that the night was clear, but dark, and be saw no lights. 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