Yale history professor Paul Kennedy is facing five charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, for his involvement in a car accident that injured a School of Music student last Thursday.
New Haven Superior Court Clerk Pat Davis said that Kennedy, whose vehicle struck Marisa Green MUS ’06 at around 1:15 a.m., is facing charges of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under suspension, illegal operation of a motor vehicle without insurance, following too closely, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
Green, who was struck as she was exiting her car to return to her home on Bishop Street, was transported to the emergency room at Yale-New Haven Hospital following the accident, but suffered only minor cuts and bruises. She was released the same day.
Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said she stands behind the statement she issued Sunday, in which she denied that alcohol played a role in the accident.
“[Kennedy] was tested for alcohol and in the test that they gave him no alcohol was detected,” she said.
Klasky also denied allegations that Kennedy was driving with a suspended license, saying that his license is current and valid.
Sunday night, Klasky confirmed Kennedy’s involvement in a “minor” accident.
“As routine, the police arrived at the scene and took Prof. Kennedy into the station for further questioning and tests,” she said in an e-mail. “Professor Kennedy is deeply upset that any injury may have been caused by the accident.”
Kennedy could not be reached for comment. Court officials said Kennedy was released without paying bail, and promised the judge to appear before court on Feb. 16.
Please check www.yaledailynews.com and Tuesday’s edition of the Yale Daily News for more complete coverage of Kennedy’s involvement in the accident.