Gloucester woman arraigned in hospital after fatal crash

A Gloucester woman pleaded not guilty at her arraignment this afternoon in connection with a motor vehicle crash on Saturday in which she allegedly struck an off-duty state trooper’s vehicle, killing an Ipswich woman, the office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.

Rebecca Jacques, 52, was arraigned at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester on negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operating after suspension charges, as well as a marked lanes violation, Blodgett’s office said.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jacques was driving a pick-up truck on Essex Street when she crashed into a station wagon driven by State Police Lieutenant James Cowhig, who was off duty. The passenger in Cowhig’s vehicle, Mary Lipman, 52, was taken to Addison Gilbert and died later that night, the district attorney’s office said.

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A judge ordered Jacques held on $25,000 cash bail and prohibited her from operating a vehicle until her case was resolved. Blodgett’s office said Jacques will be placed under house arrest if she does not post bail.

More charges are possible pending the investigation, which is being conducted by Gloucester and Massachusetts State Police, Blodgett’s office said.

Jacques is expected back in court on Jan. 7.