How this totaled car’s black box caught a politician speeding

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Any politician who crashes a government-owned vehicle can expect some hard questions. A politician who flips and totals a Ford Crown Victoria at 5 a.m. several miles from his home faces far more suspicion. The Massachusetts pol behind this crash sought to clear his name by releasing the data from the car’s "black box" — and in doing so, tripped himself up.

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Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray crashed the 2007 Crown Vic on the morning of Nov. 2, after the car went off an interstate and rolled twice before hitting a rock ledge. Murray survived with minor injuries, and when Massachusetts State Police responded, Murray asked for and passed a sobriety test.

State police later chalked the crash up to icy roads. But under pressure from political opponents and lingering questions about why Murray was 30 miles from home — he said he had woken up early to survey snowstorm damage — Murray asked officials to release the data in the Crown Vic’s "black box."

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