Coventry Crash

A deadly crash claimed the lives of Jessica Clark, 25, and Walter Parsell, 20, on Route 44 in Coventry. Police said the car was traveling between 90 and 100 mph before it crashed into a utility pole and split in half. (Al Chaniewski / FOX CT / August 21, 2013)

COVENTRY — A car that broke into pieces during a crash that killed two people on Route 44 a year ago had been traveling between 90 and 100 mph, police said on Tuesday.

Alcohol and drug intoxication also contributed to the Aug. 21, 2013, crash that killed Jessica Clark, 25, of Coventry and Walter Parsell, 20, of Andover, said Det. Jeff Spadjinske. Spadjinske investigated the collision with a regional traffic team, Metro Traffic Services.

"Several of the officers have many years of accident investigation experience and commented that this was one of the most destructive crashes they have seen," Spadjinske said.

Both Clark, who police determined was the driver, and Parsell were thrown from the car, a 2000 Honda Civic.

The crash was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m. The Honda had been speeding east on Route 44, or Boston Turnpike, near North River Road when it failed to negotiate a slight curve in the road and ended up in the lane for oncoming traffic, police said.

A steering maneuver by the driver then caused the car to spin and slide sideways, hitting a utility pole.

"The vehicle literally broke into pieces upon impact with the utility pole," Spadjinske said.

He said another possible factor in the crash is that the driver may have been distracted for some reason.

Clark, known as "Jessi," was a 2006 graduate of Coventry High School, where she played varsity soccer, according to her obituary. She loved animals, and in addition to her family, which included a sister, she left behind a dog, Saizar.

Parsell, whose formal name was Walter Emerson Parsell IV, also left behind a dog — Oakley — in addition to his family, which includes two brothers. He was born in Alaska.