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December 17, 2012

Crash driver arraigned at hospital

Arraignment at hospital

GLOUCESTER — The driver of the car that struck another vehicle and killed one of its passengers Saturday night was arraigned on charges Monday — in Addison Gilbert Hospital, where she was reportedly being treated for rib injuries.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Rebecca Jacques, 52, of Gloucester on charges, at this point, of a marked lanes violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, while Gloucester police logs confirm that search warrants have also been issued to get blood samples and medical records for Jacques.

She was also issued a bail warning Monday, noting that, if she does not comply with bail conditions or does not appear in court, she can be held for up to 60 days without bail. In addition, she is restricted from operating a motor vehicle while court proceedings continue and would be placed under house arrest if she is released on bail. A pretrial conference date is set for Jan. 7.

Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that, as of Monday, no additional charges have been filed against Jacques; he added, however, that the crash is still under investigation.

Jacques, who is being represented by Thomas O’Shea of the Concord-based Megan and O’Shea LLC, was the driver of a pickup truck that collided with another vehicle Saturday night on Essex Avenue. The crash killed Mary Lipman, 52 of Ipswich, who was pronounced dead at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

In addition, the driver of the vehicle Lipman was in, off duty state trooper Lt. James Cowhig, volunteered to have his blood samples taken as well, which tested negative for drugs or alcohol.

Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney, said Monday that the Essex County District Attorney’s office has not received any official accident report yet. When car accidents result in a fatality, state police must conduct their own report, which could take some time, she said.

Tom Sholds, Assistant District Attorney, said Jacques was driving her pick-up truck on Essex Avenue and struck a 2008 Subaru station wagon, driven by Cowhig, on the passenger side. Another passenger in the Cowhig vehicle escaped serious injury, according to reports.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com.

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