Massachusetts State Police have concluded that Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray was probably asleep at the wheel when he crashed a Ford Crown Victoria while going over 100 mph. Although he was not wearing a seatbelt, he amazingly escaped injury.

Although the accident was initially blamed on icy conditions, and police declined to state a definitive cause for the crash, further analysis supports the theory that Murray had fallen asleep. The onboard "black box" data recorder from the state-owned Crown Vic indicated that Murray gradually accelerated from about 75 to 108 mph immediately before the crash occurred around 5:30 AM on November 2, and slid off the road without corrective actions. The car drove into a rock ledge at 92 mph and and flipped twice.


Murray was issued a $555 ticket but will not face further charges. By any reasonable standard he got off lucky; driving drowsy and unbelted is all but asking for a world of pain or a quick death.