Cops: Lt. Gov. Murray's Car Hit 108 MPH Before Crash

Police say Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was traveling 108 miles per hour moments before his car hit a ledge and overturned last November.

State police ticketed Murray on Tuesday for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and a lane violation in the pre-dawn highway crash.

The police report shows Murray may have briefly fallen asleep. Murray says that he believes he fell asleep.

"I was not on the phone, I was not emailing, I was not texting, I know that I can tell you that," he said Tuesday. "I had nothing to drink."

Murray said he takes responsibility for the Nov. 2 accident on Interstate 190 in Sterling. He escaped with scrapes and bruises.

Murray initially told reporters he was driving around the speed limit, wearing his seat belt and that his car hit black ice.

On Tuesday, Murray said he accepts the police version of the accident, and conceded he should have been more careful. He says he's lucky he wasn't injured.

He said he'll pay the $555 fine and reimburse the state for the car.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

This article was originally published on January 03, 2012.

This program aired on January 3, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.


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