Kerry Kennedy DWI trial set to begin

Kerry Kennedy DWI trial set to begin
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 9:23am

(CNN) -- The trial of Kerry Kennedy, who was arrested in 2012 after she allegedly was involved in a car accident while under the influence of a sleeping aid, is set to begin Monday in New York state.

Kennedy, 54, the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allegedly struck a tractor-trailer with her SUV on July 17, 2012, while under the influence of zolpidem -- the generic name for Ambien -- according to a New York State Police news release.

Kennedy is charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. The case will be heard in Westchester County Court in White Plains, New York, at 9:30 a.m. ET.

"Moments after the accident occurred, I told police that it was possible that I may have inadvertently taken a sleep aid instead of my daily thyroid medication," Kennedy said in a statement released in 2012 after the accident.

A toxicology report found no alcohol or drugs other than zolpidem.

The maximum penalty Kennedy faces is a year in county jail.

Lucian Chalfen, director of communications for the Westchester district attorney, had no comment other than to say the office "will be presenting our case on Monday."

Kennedy's attorney had no comment before the trial.

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