Lara disputes crash allegations, says report exhibits she was not driving double the velocity restrict

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After the crash, police mentioned Councilor Kendra Lara was driving 53 mph in a 25 mph zone. However Lara says she employed a personal firm to look at the proof, which exhibits she was solely driving 27 mph.

Councilor Kendra Lara. Nancy Lane/Pool

Earlier this 12 months, Metropolis Councilor Kendra Lara crashed a automotive right into a Jamaica Plain residence. On the time, police mentioned she was driving at the least 53 mph in a 25 mph zone. However on Thursday, Lara denied these allegations.  

Lara advised reporters that an accident reconstructionist firm decided that she was solely driving 27 mph. Lara employed The Crash Lab to evaluate the incident and put together a report. The corporate used info from the automotive’s black field to find out its velocity on the time of the crash, The Boston Globe reported. 

The information comes days earlier than town’s preliminary municipal election, set for Sept. 12, the place Lara will face William King and Benjamin Weber within the District 6 race. The highest two vote-getters will transfer on to the final election in November. Regardless of issues concerning the crash, Lara not too long ago secured the help of the Jamaica Plain Progressives steering committee. 

“This course of has been made tougher by inaccurate statements and deceptive info,” Lara mentioned, based on footage taken by Boston 25 Information. 

Lara and her lawyer, Carlton Williams, spoke at a press convention outdoors Blessed Sacrament Church in Jamaica Plain Thursday night. 

Neither Lara’s workplace nor Williams responded to requests for info Friday. 

The crash occurred on June 30, when Lara was driving her 7-year-old son in a Honda Civic on Centre Road. Lara’s son acquired stitches at a hospital afterward. 

Because the crash, it’s come out that Lara “usually” drove to work at Metropolis Corridor, regardless of her license being revoked in 2015. She appeared in court docket in July and faces fees together with negligent operation of a motorcar, assault and battery on a baby with damage, working a motorcar after suspension, working an unregistered motorcar, and working an uninsured motorcar. She pleaded not responsible, and Williams has argued that the fees needs to be dismissed. 

The allegations have been “dreadfully improper,” Williams mentioned Thursday, based on the 25 Information footage. 

“Due to all of the ache, the struggling, the injury, the misstatements, I might counsel to the district lawyer’s workplace that the entire fees needs to be dismissed,” Williams mentioned. 

Lara crashed into the house as a result of a automotive pulled out of a driveway with out warning, she mentioned on the press convention, based on the Globe. She mentioned she tried to keep away from the opposite automotive however was compelled to swerve sharply as a result of one other oncoming automobile was within the subsequent lane. 

Prosecutors mentioned Lara was driving an uninsured automotive, and Lara disputed that allegation as nicely. She mentioned that the automotive was insured and that she spoke with the home-owner to apologize and provides the required info for an insurance coverage declare, the Globe reported. 

Responding to the allegation of driving with out registration, Lara mentioned she had been driving her buddy’s automotive that had an expired registration. The buddy advised a clerk Justice of the Peace that the registration had solely been expired for a number of weeks, and that cost was dropped, the Globe reported. 

“It’s an oversight that may occur to anybody,” she reportedly mentioned. “And I don’t assume that it’s an oversight that makes me ineligible to be in public workplace.”