Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Haunting Reminder of Massachusetts Tragedy

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy R.I.P. (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) United States Senator from Massachusetts.

This was Ted Kennedy's ironic reminder...
Milena Del Valle R.I.P. was killed in the collapse of a concrete ceiling panel in Boston's "Big Dig" Tunnel. The 3-ton panel fell on the car in which she was a passenger in South Boston, Massachusetts on July 10, 2006.

This was the aweful memory...
Mary Jo Kopechne R.I.P. (July 26, 1940 – July 18, 1969) drowned on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts in the car in which she was a passenger driven by a United States Senator Kennedy. Sen. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. He received a two month suspended sentence.[5]

Influential senator's fingerprints? You decide:
(1) In November 2000, the Clinton Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transportation committed $8.55 billion of federal funds to help pay for the corruption-plagued, $14.06 billion Massachusetts tunnel project, originally estimated at $2.8 billion (US $6.0 billion adjusted for inflated 2006 dollars). [i]

(2) The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a 1.5-mile-long series of parks and public spaces in downtown Boston, Massachusetts was included in the final phase of the massive Big Dig project.

(3) Ted Kennedy died exactly 69 years and one month (to the day) after Mary Jo Kopechne was born. Kopechne died in 1969, exactly one week and one day short (to the day) of 37 years before Milena Del Valle's death.



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