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QUINCY (WGEM) — "The horrors that they saw on that evening will stay with them for the rest of their lives," Said QPD Chief of Police Robert Copley

Assistant State's Attorney, Todd Eyler says the crash Friday afternoon was no accident, but intentional.

"She violated a traffic control device. At the intersection of Fourth and Broadway. While driving at a high rate of speed. Knowing that such acts created a strong probability of death or great bodily harm," said Eyler.

He says based on video footage they've gathered, Natasha McBride's car was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it went into the intersection…slamming into a car…and killing three children and their grandmother.

Eyler says they will vigorously pursue the charges.

"We will attempt to hold the defendant accountable for her actions. As well as ensure justice for these four innocent victims," Eyler said.

Prosecutors say Quincy Police Department's Accident Reconstructionist, Peter Hummel played a huge role in this investigation.

"Airbag control module, it controls specific data when a vehicle is involved in a crash," said Hummel.

Hummel says, they received data recorded by all the cars involved in the crash…which helps paint a picture of what happened.

"The types of data that it would record are the speed prior to impact. At different intervals, some go back as far as five seconds prior to impact. It will give data on seatbelt usage for the driver. The throttle or brake position prior during those time intervals prior to the crash," said Hummel.

Data that prosecutors hope will lead to a conviction.

"We owe that to the victims in this case. But to make sure the defendant is held accountable for her actions," said Eyler.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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