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February 2, 2013

New charge, higher bail in fatal crash

Bail set at $50K for woman now accused of vehicular homicide

A 52-year-old Gloucester woman is back in jail after being arraigned Friday in Gloucester District Court, where an additional charge of vehicular homicide while drunkenly and negligently driving was leveled against her.

Rebecca Jacques of Western Avenue has been held at Framingham state prison since she was arrested in December after the pickup truck she was driving struck another vehicle on Essex Avenue. The collision killed Mary Lipman, a 52-year-old Ipswich woman who was a passenger in the other car.

Police added the charge against Jacques on Tuesday, after receiving a Dec. 19 crime lab report that indicated Jacques’ blood alcohol level at the time of the crash measured at 0.22.

With the new charge, the judge Friday raised her bail to $50,000.

Jacques had been held on $25,000 cash bail at the Massachusetts Institution of Correction in Framingham since her Dec. 16 arrest after the crash. Jacques faces charges of negligent driving, driving with a suspended license and marked lane violations as well as the new charge of vehicular homicide.

A record of past convictions, including eight charges for driving with a revoked or suspended license, was used in determining Jacques’ new bail. A 2004 charge against Jacques of driving with a suspended license, with a $500 fine attached, remains open in Salem District Court. Jacques had also faced two separate charges of possession of a class B controlled substance between 1990 and 2004.

Jacques wore a hunter green sweatshirt with “DOC” screen-printed on the back in court Friday. Sitting behind a glass box, she raised cuffed hands to wipe her eyes. Strands of her straight blonde hair hung down her back, the same hair found in the spider-cracked windshield of the truck Jacques was allegedly driving on the night of the crash.

Jacques suffered broken ribs, a cut lip and forehead abrasions in the collision that killed Lipman, according to a police booking report.

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