For Immediate Release - December 17, 2012

Gloucester Woman Arraigned in Hospital in Connection with Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Rebecca Jacques (DOB 8/6/1960), 187 Western Avenue, Gloucester, was arraigned this afternoon at Addison Gilbert Hospital on negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating after suspension (subsequent offense) charges and a marked lanes violation in connection with a fatal motor vehicle crash which took place at approximately 8:30 pm Saturday evening on Essex Avenue in Gloucester.  More charges are possible pending the investigation which is being conducted by Gloucester and Massachusetts State Police.

Judge Joseph Jennings ordered Jacques held on $25,000 cash bail and ordered her not to operate a motor vehicle during the pendency of the case.  If she does post bail, she will be placed under house arrest.

According to Assistant District Attorney Tom Sholds, Jacques was driving her 2000 Ford Ranger pick up truck on Essex Street and struck a 2008 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by off duty State Police Lt. James Cowhig on the front passenger side.  The passenger in Lt. Cowhig’s vehicle was Mary Lipman, 52, of Ipswich.  She taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital where she was declared dead at 9:47 pm.  Lt. Cowhig consented to have investigators seize his blood and urine samples which doctors stated tested negative.

Jacques must appear in court again on January 7, 2013 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.