BOSTON (CBS) – Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is giving a more detailed response to his car crash last year in a letter sent to supporters Monday.

Murray was apparently asleep at the wheel, going more than 100 miles an hour, without a seat belt on when he crashed his state-issued vehicle on I-190 in Sterling Nov. 2.

He was not seriously hurt.

View: Murray Crash Photos

“I understand that when a public figure is in any kind of accident people want to know how it happened,” Murray wrote in the letter.

Murray initially blamed the crash on icy conditions, claimed he wasn’t speeding and said he was wearing a seat belt.

“Unfortunately, false rumors and wild speculation can result even when the details of the matter have been released to the public. Because you have been a friend, I want to give you the background on the accident, so you get the full picture directly from me.”

“On the night before the accident, I came home from Boston around 8:30 pm., dropped off by my State Police detail. I helped Tammy put our daughters to bed, and I turned in around 11p.m. that night. Around two or three in the morning, I awoke when our five-year-old daughter crawled into bed with us. From that point on, I was unable to get back to sleep. Around quarter of five I gave up trying to sleep and decided to take a drive, get a coffee and a paper and prepare for the day. “

“This was not my first early morning drive. I’ve done it often ever since I was Mayor in Worcester,” he wrote.

“I drove up as far as Route 2, turned around to head back to Worcester, and what I remember next was the vehicle being off the road, the impact of the collision, and the car turning over several times. During this ride I did not meet anyone, or make any phone calls, texts or emails. Also, the black box data showed that the car had been running for 42.5 minutes before the accident, which is consistent with the route I had traveled. “

“When I got out of the car, there was snow on the ground and ice along the road. I heard the first responders talking about the black ice on the road. The accident happened in a matter of seconds. I was shaken-up, and not really knowing how it occurred, I assumed the ice must have caused the accident. In light of the black box data and police report, my assumption was incorrect. I believe I nodded off while driving and the car ran off the road.”

Murray was fined $555 and plans to reimburse the state for the value of the car, which was about $9,000.

Comments (10)
  1. gramps says:

    So ‘why’ didn’t you say that the 1ST time?

    Why was your 1ST inclanation to say something else?

    You’re toast….


  2. nevermind says:

    So it was his daughter’s fault?! Oh no, wait, Murray still doesn’t seem to agree with the vehicle’s data about the actual event’s as he states he “believes” he nodded off…you either fall or asleep or you stay awake!! If you don’t remember going off the road, then you fell asleep!!! Just stop already, don’t continue to spin this accident…it is what it is!
    Tim Murray- you acted irresponsibly by driving while fatigued and nearly killed yourself. It is nobody’s fault but your own, you screwed up. We don’t care you were tired and took a long drive while less than properly rested, many of us do it all the time. You should consider yourself lucky and be forthright in the future, no spin needed.

  3. Dave_D says:

    As Richard Nixon famously taught us, the cover-up is often worse than the “crime”.

  4. QueenJean says:

    Republicans are so pathetic insisting on wasting more time and money on investigating this non-issue! My first thought when I saw the condition of the car was. OMG! He’s so lucky to be alive after such a horrific accident. Thank goodness. Not Republicans though! When it comes to members of the opposite party, all they care about is taking them out. It’s really quite sad. Obviously, Tim Murray fell asleep at the wheel and was understandably in complete shock after such a terrible accident so more than likely could not remember every exact detail. Duh! Anyone with a shred of intelligence and common sense could see this for what it is. Republicans are so desperate and obsessed with Democrats, they’re probably hoping to find out that Monica Lewinsky was in the back seat. Let it go already!

  5. Bob Canavan says:

    What about the story you were going to look at the storm damage in Worcester


  6. bp says:

    What a tremendous crock!!! His PR firm he hired is doing a worse job than Murray did alone!!! Just tell everyone what you were really doing and be done with it.

  7. tom says:

    So how many miles did he travel in 42.5 minutes? That should help estimate his speed. Who called 911 to notify the first responders? No witnesses came running up to help? Sounds a little sketchy.


  8. DoverDavid says:

    What is that expression most of us learn when we are 5 years old, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we parctice to deceive.” I guess Mr. Murry never learned this, and I’m sorry, too little too late, you lied initially so everything you say now is just a waste of my time.

  9. taxedout says:

    Ok Tim…This time I believe you!!!!

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