Search the Archive

Kennedy Car Accident / Kopechne Death #6289

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 21, 1969
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Senator Edward Kennedy drives car off narrow bridge Friday on Martha's Vineyard drowning the young woman with him, Mary Jo Kopechne. Doesn't report accident for 10 hrs. Police charge him with leaving scene of accident after causing bodily harm.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Edgartown, Massachusetts) [Police Chief Dominick ARENA - says we'll hold hearing to decide whether to go to court] Kennedy to be represented by local attorney, Richard McCarran and friend and advisor, Burke Marshall.

(Studio) Incident raises many questions, but many still have compassion for Senator
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Before accident, Senator shone-in for President nomination in `72 or `76. 1 Nixon supporter says there are discrepancies in his story. How did he get to hotel if missed ferry boat? 1 says be panicked under pressure. Another speculates on Senator drinking. Many sympathize with Senator who assumed political mantle after 3 brothers cut down.
REPORTER: Bill Lawrence

Goode, Mal;
Lawrence, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.