Speeding is a behavior that endangers everyone on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, speeding accounted for 26% of all traffic fatalities. In raw numbers, this means that speeding contributed to 9,717 fatalities on American roadways. Speeding not only affects a person’s ability to control a vehicle, but it also reduces the effectiveness of restraining and safety equipment. It also increases the severity of the crash, leading to worsened injuries. Drivers who are intoxicated are also more likely to be speeding, with 37% of deadly accidents involving speed also involving alcohol.
WSB Radio reports on a woman who was allegedly driving 107 m.p.h. just seconds before a fatal crash.
On Friday, June 19th, 20-year-old Emily McGovern of Methuen, Massachusetts, was arraigned on charges connected to a deadly 2018 crash.
Massachusetts State Police were called to a rollover crash on March 31, 2018. The crash was located on I-495 North in Haverhill. 18-year-old Alexis Spartz was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Witnesses report that McGovern was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic just prior to the accident. According to prosecutors, data indicates that just seconds before the crash, McGovern was speeding at 107 m.p.h. When the car left the roadway and rolled over, it was traveling at 77 m.p.h.
At the time of the crash, McGovern’s blood-alcohol level was 0.19%.
McGovern was ordered by the judge to remain sober with random screenings. She was also warned not to drive as the case continues. She is due back in court on August 8th.
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