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Trucker In Kennedy Crash Accepts Plea For Lesser Charge

The truck driver who was struck by Kerry Kennedy (pictured) has pleaded to a lesser charge.
The truck driver who was struck by Kerry Kennedy (pictured) has pleaded to a lesser charge. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

ARMONK, N.Y. –- Rocco Scuiletti, the truck driver whose vehicle was struck by Kerry Kennedy in July, has accepted a plea bargain that carries a fine of $130 to avoid trial on his original charge of leaving the scene of an accident, according to the North Castle Town Court.

Scuiletti, 47 of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to disobeying a traffic device, a violation. Scuiletti was scheduled to begin trial in the North Castle Town Court on Nov. 30.

Police say Scuiletti was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he was knowingly struck by Kennedy's Lexus while driving his tractor-trailer July 13 on Route 684, and he failed to report it to authorities.

Shorty after the crash, Kennedy was arrested on Route 22 in Armonk and charged with driving under the influence. After Kennedy originally blamed her erratic driving on a seizure, a toxicology report showed that she had trace amounts of a prescription sleep-aid drug in her system at the time.

Kennedy pleaded not guilty to her DUI charge and is scheduled to appear in North Castle Town Court on Jan. 15.