• Prosecutors: Woman was driving 107 mph seconds before fatal crash


    A 20-year-old Methuen woman was arraigned Friday in connection with a 2018 crash that killed her friend. 

    On March 31, 2018, Mass. State Police were called to a rollover crash on I-495 north in Haverhill. The passenger, 18-year-old Alexis Spartz was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

    Witnesses say the driver, identified as Emily McGovern, was driving at a high rate of speed and weaving and in out of traffic. A witness told police she then saw brake lights and a large plume of dust and debris as she approached the accident scene. 

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    Prosecutors say data they obtained show McGovern was traveling 107 mph 1.5 seconds before the crash and left the roadway at 77 mph before coming to a rest after rolling over. 

    Officials say Spartz and McGovern were drinking together before the crash. McGovern's blood alcohol level came in at 0.19.

    On Friday, a judge ordered McGovern to remain drug and alcohol-free with random screenings and not to drive as the case goes on. 

    McGovern is due back in court on August 8.

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