Kerry Kennedy DWI case: Truck driver was ticketed

A New York State police mug shot of

A New York State police mug shot of Kerry Kennedy after a court appearance at Westchester County town court, where she pleaded not guilty to driving while drugged. She blamed her erratic behavior and sideswiping of a truck on a “complex partial seizure,” possibly from an earlier right-brain injury. (July 17, 2012) (Credit: State Police)

The Poughkeepsie truck driver whose tractor-trailer was sideswiped by Kerry Kennedy last week while she allegedly was driving under the influence of drugs, was issued a summons Wednesday for leaving the scene of an accident, state police said.

Rocco Scuiletti, 47, was cited for failing to stop after Kennedy, 52, hit his rig while she was barreling erratically down Interstate 684 at about 8 a.m. Friday on her way to the gym, officials said.

The ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that a "complex partial seizure" brought on by a head injury sustained last year during a car accident caused her to drive wildly, with no memory of the incident.

A North Castle police officer found the mother of three daughters outside the car with the engine running after a motorist reported her stopped and slumped over the wheel of her 2008 Lexus off I-684's Exit 3 on Route 22.

Scuiletti could not immediately be reached for comment. A man who said he was his son expressed surprise that his father was issued a summons.

"He got a ticket?" he asked incredulously.

An "investigation revealed Mr. Scuiletti was operating a 2011 International tractor hauling a trailer when this vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Ms. Kennedy," State Police Major Michael Kopy said in a statement. "Investigation has disclosed that Scuiletti was aware that he was involved in an accident and failed to report the accident as required."

Scuiletti faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine or 15 days in jail. He is due in North Castle Town Court on Aug. 7.

State police questioned Scuiletti about the July 13 incident, Kopy said, but he declined to provide details of the interview.

Tuesday night, Kennedy was fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken at the state police barracks in Somers after she pleaded not guilty in New Castle Town Court to the misdemeanor charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs in North Castle Town Court. Her next court date is set for Aug. 14 and she could face up to a year behind bars if convicted.

After the hearing, Kennedy said she was sorry for her actions.

"I want to apologize to the driver of the truck, who I apparently hit," she said."Northern Westchester in my home and I care deeply about my neighbors and my community."

The daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy told reporters that blood and urine tests taken at Northern Westchester Hospital shortly after the incident will show that no alcohol or drugs were in her system. She asserted that she does not abuse drugs of any kind.

Kennedy said she "told the officer that it was theoretically possible that I had mistakenly taken an Ambien rather than a thyroid pill earlier that morning."

In court documents obtained by Newsday, Kennedy told police that she takes the thyroid medication Synthroid daily and has a prescription for Ambien, a sedative used to treat insomnia. She also said she had slept eight hours before the accident, drank a cappuccino and ate carrots before getting behind the wheel, records show.

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