Few things in life are quite so hilariously pathetic as the efforts to protect a “public servant” (yeah, right) from the consequences of his screw-ups, and this Massachusetts incident adds just the right touch of contempt for the electorate:
About a month ago, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray crashed a state-owned Crown Victoria after a night out. The Boston Herald made a public records request for the information from the car’s black box, which records the 20 seconds preceding the crash and five seconds after it. The box shows engine RPMs, speed, and brake position, among other things.
In a surprise to no one, the state denied the request, saying that the records could be misleading because a car hitting an ice patch or rolling over would lead its tires to spin faster, inaccurately suggesting a higher speed, state police spokesman David Procopio said.
Which, of course, gives away the game right there: they know exactly what AutoSnitch™ is going to report, and they’ve readied their counterstories. And I’ve hit enough ice patches in my day to know what happens: speed sensor goes awry for a second or two as traction disappears, and then things begin to stabilize.
Accident-reconstruction expert Bruce McNally, contacted by the Herald, isn’t buying the Official Explanation either:
“They’re correct that on its face you may not necessarily get the whole picture, but understanding that it’s giving you 25 seconds of data, it should be pretty apparent what his speed was before he lost control,” McNally said. “Unless they’re arguing that somehow he was on the slipperiest surface known to mankind 25 seconds before he crashed, it just doesn’t make sense.”
At least no one has suggested the Lite Guv was texting.
Update: 108 mph.