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Caroline Kennedy Sends Thoughts and Prayers to Families of Victims

Two women were killed and another injured in a car accident on Kennedy property Tuesday

Judith Morse, 70, of West Tisbury, and Susan S. Lombard, 69, of Lyman, NH, died Tuesday after their in Aquinnah. The other passenger, Susan Papanicolaou, 68 of Minneapolis, was treated for minor injuries.

Albert Fischer, caretaker of Red Gate Farm, the Kennedy family estate that was purchased by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1978, found the women and notified police at close to noon on Tuesday, March 27. All three women were transported to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital where Morse and Lombard were pronounced dead.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation released a statement on behalf of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this tragic accident.”

A preliminary investigation by State Police Sgt. Thomas Medeiros into the double motor vehicle fatality on the private property indicates that Morse, driving a 2000 Land Cruiser, was backing down the private driveway when she struck a tree. She then attempted to drive forward when the vehicle struck an electrical box, a porch attached to a garage, and then traveled up a hill striking a tree head on.

Morse was the mother of Chris Morse who, with his wife Sheila, owns and operates and in West Tisbury, and in Edgartown.

A memorial service for Judith Morse will be held on the Island at a later date to be announced.

Jean Kelleher March 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morse family at this very sad time. Judy and Warren have been invaluable members of our church family at the West Tisbury Church and we want you all to know that we are all here to help in any way we can at this very sad time. We'll will forever remember Judy's loving smile and courageous spirit she always displayed throughout the time we have known her. May you feel God's embrace at this very challenging time.
Brenda T. Lehman March 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Our condolences to the Morse & Nagel Families. Judy & Warren were ALWAYS helping us at the First Congregational Church. We will miss her smile and wonderful baked goods. She & Warren are special people..our hearts go out to you all. Also prayers to her friends family, who also lost her life in this tragic accident. This is an Island loss....

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