According to black box data pulled from the crashed car of Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, he was going over 100 MPH and not wearing a seatbelt when he crashed in early November.The Boston Globe is reporting that the crash investigation has noted that the Lieutenant Governor may have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing the sudden acceleration that occurred just before the accident.
According to the black box pulled from the government owned Ford, Mr. Murray was travelling at around 75 MPH in the moments leading up to the crash, but then suddenly accelerated to about 108 MPH.
Just after the car hit the top speed, it veered off the road without any actions being taken to avoid the crash. Murray’s car was going over 90 MPH when it hit a rock ledge and rolled twice.
Murray had said earlier that he wasn’t speeding and was wearing his seatbelt. Somehow, he came away from the crash unscathed.
Murray had gotten up early to survey some areas of the state that had recently been hit by a snowstorm. He drove for about 30 miles away before the crash happened. Alcohol or drugs did not play a role; Murray took and passed a field sobriety test immediately after the accident.
The data from the car’s black box caused the police to reverse their earlier decision that the crash was a result of hitting black ice.
While it is not definitive that he fell asleep at the wheel and the report does not state such, the black box data does correlate with crashes that occur due to a sleeping driver.
Murray was ticketed $555 for the accident, but is not going to face other charges.
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