A synopsis Chappaquiddick incident - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There is no way to frame Ted Kennedy as anything more than a dogworm coward and at the least a louse. Yet he has been a decent legislator. Nowadays if a politician found himself involved in such an incident, there would be no way he could survive the media storm, given all the news channels, gossip mavens, and internet bloggers. No way. His prognosis is grim and I know something about glioblastoma, and I feel for him and his family having dealt far too often with that tumor in loved ones, but how should history view a man who let a woman die, and yet went on to a storied Senate career? He was 37 when it happened and you can't excuse it as youthful error.