Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray (Dem) didn't brake or try to steer away from the rock ledge his Ford Crown Victoria was headed for at speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. That's according to reports stemming from the aftermath of an early morning accident on November 2, 2011 in which Murray's state-owned car left the roadway on Interstate 190 in Sterling, MA, and struck a rock ledge at 92 mph before rolling over. The Massachusetts State Police have released the black box data from the incident, which revealed not only the high rate of speed, but also contradicts prior statements from Lt. Governor Murray that he was wearing a seatbelt and driving around the speed limit.

This particular stretch of Interstate 190, which your author drives five days a week, isn't particularly treacherous, although the region did experience a freak snowstorm just two days prior on Halloween. The storm caused significant damage to trees and power outages were widespread, and Lt. Governor Murray had set out early that morning to assess the damage in the region that serves as his homebase. Massachusetts State Police have concluded after analyzing the black box data that the Lieutenant Governor fell asleep at the wheel, which accounts for the rapid acceleration from a sustained 75 mph to essentially flat-out, as well as the lack of avoidance maneuvers or braking attempts.

At the scene, Lt. Governor Murray asked for a Breathalyzer, which showed there was no alcohol in his system, and in statements since then, he's pledged to reimburse the state for the vehicle. In light of this latest evidence, State Police cited Lt. Governor Murray with a $555 fine, but he managed to avoid further charges including reckless driving. From where we sit, that's a stroke of good fortune, but no more lucky than Murray avoiding serious injuries in the first place.


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      svntsvn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cut the crap, I live in that state. Anyone else would be up on driving to endager, marked lanes violatinos, speeding and failure to use caution. Also the seat belt law would be slapped as well. Would turn out to be a costly day or two in court and your insurance company would surcharge the crap out of you. This dimwhit most likely nodded off, as no drugs or alcohol in his system. OR he was pushing it , got loose, and held on for the ride n panic'd.
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @svntsvn
        "violatinos" I think we have those in Texas too.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised he wasn't woken up by the constant dinging of the Ford warning alarm that alerts you when the belt is not buckled. That noise could wake a sleeping elephant.
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe next time Murray should just let Jon Corzine do the driving. On second thought, maybe not.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment...
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      illnever tell
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could never understand why anyone in the front two seats wouldn't buckle up unless they forgot and their car doesn't annoyingly tell them that they forgot. I don't even notice the seatbelt after 20 seconds until I need to parallel park.
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      God bless the Crown Victoria, may it rest in peace.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure if I was going 100mph and totaled my car here in MA all I'd get is a $555 slap on the wrist.
      Travis Miles
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is alive? Ford doesn't lie about making safe cars. It was just a horrible accident here between a new Taurus and a new BMW where they both were mangled. All the people in Taurus survived the BMW did not.
      eljay001
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few years ago, a Suburban driven by a state cop with the Maine governor in it went off the road after hitting ice. The black box said stuff that didn't match up with the stories of the individuals in the car in regards to speed and seatbelt status, so the Maine State Police deemed the black box data unreliable. I wonder if I would be so lucky if the box were being used against me. http://www.motorists.org/black-boxes/failure
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        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        If he were a Republican would you that "He's a Rep, the low fine (metaphorical tax) is made up by the lower and middle class so that he is able to continue to grow his fortune while the rest of society suffers? Just wondering....
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      No mention of party affiliation, so I guess that means he is a democrat. Had it been a Republican: "Republican Lt. Gov. Tim Murray was driving his Republican earth destroying full size CO2 producing full sized car, aiming for brown skinned women and children who are poor and handicapped, when he intentionally drove off the road, killing plants and animals before hitting an innocent rock. He was on his way to meet with his buddies at Haliburton, so they could discuss ways to starve children and throw old people into the streets, all the while thumping on their bibles. The Republican Lt. Governor, as all Republicans, is known for driving badly and hating everything in another example of mean spirited hateful....blah blah blah...."
        Frank
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        EZEE, you forgot to mention Big Oil and Big Pharma in your post. And the fact that he was a smoker.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Frank
          But he is a Democrat, so being a smoker is just an unfortunate consequence of corporate marketing, and he will appoint a blue ribbon committee to explore the problem.... And yes - if he was a Republican, I would have to throw Big Oil and Big Pharma in as well...I am slipping...
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        @zoom I wasn't commenting on which party has criminals...they are politicians. It goes with the territory. My comment was to how the media will report on this stuff. In many instances, when it is a democrat, the party is not mentioned, or late in the article. If you go to autoblog green, for example, they usually will put 'republican' in the headline, if it is a republican! Examples: http://www.green.autoblog.com/2012/01/03/republican-congressman-calls-for-end-of-7-500-plug-in-vehicle-t/ http://www.green.autoblog.com/2011/10/17/chevy-dealer-republican-congressman-there-is-no-market-for-c/ http://www.green.autoblog.com/2008/01/31/republican-presidential-hopefuls-pander-to-california-on-co-sub/ And each of these identifies in the headline. Funny how that works. But again, this is no defense of any criminal republican or democrat, this, and the post, was a commentary on how the media reports this stuff.
          TelegramSam
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          In those issues the party affiliation was relavent. This article involves a politician, but is not political, in nature.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Really dude? Have you heard of the john David Vitter or a certain Larry Craig? These sexual criminals continue(d) to serve.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
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        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
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