SOMERVILLE (CBS/AP) -Massachusetts State Police say one teenage girl has died and another gravely injured in an early morning car crash in Somerville. Originally state police had reported two people had died.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on the elevated portion of the McGrath Highway southbound over Washington Street at about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

Police say a 16-year-old girl from Everett was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old Somerville girl is in grave condition at Massachusetts General Hospital. Their names have not been released.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth Belew, 21, of Somerville, was also hospitalized. He is charged with operating under the influence of liquor, speeding and marked lane violation. He is also expected to be charged with motor vehicle homicide. Belew will be arraigned in Somerville District Court.

There were three other people in the car: Jerry Altidor, 21, of Somerville; Rafaela Pereira, 19, of Everett; and Rudolph Reis, 20, of Somerville. They were all taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries.

Police say while those three passengers were wearing seatbelts, the girl who was killed, the gravely injured girl and Belew were not wearing seatbelts.

Authorities also add that the group was returning from a house party in Somerville. Police say Belew was drunk and lost control of the car and hit concrete barriers in the road.

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Comments (8)
  1. emom says:

    This is so sad on so many levels, First a drunk driver, sure he was legal to drink,, but should never have drove… next there was what seems to be 6 kids in this car , 3rd only two where of legal age to drink, Not assuming the other 4 where drinking, BUT, and a 16 & 17 with older kids, why, so senseless, and such a waste,
    I feel bad for the family’s especially the 16 year old, DRINKING and DRIVING never mix.

  2. fred says:

    Beyond the drunk driving issue – if the two girls were only wearing their seatbelts one may be still be alive and the other may only have minor injuires. Very rarely do read about a car crash fatality wher the victim was wearing their seatbelt..

  3. JC says:

    I saw this accident and was first on scene before cops and ambulance. I was not far behind the car, and I had just come over the bridge and saw this car had crashed into the side of the bridge (though I didn’t see the events the led to the crash I was seconds from it happening). I offered assistance (I am trained in first response) and whom I could only assume was the driver kept telling me to just go (he was outside the car, as was the front passenger). They had called an ambulance the guy had said. I was not allowed to approach the car (despite my getting out of my car) by the driver (he was of course extremely upset and panicked). So I also contacted the ambulance and police. There appeared to be three people in the back seat.. a young guy sitting in the back behind the driver and he seemed to be bleeding very bad from what I could see from my car (possibly it was another passenger’s blood). I could not see the passenger(s) in the middle seat Also on the passenger side in the back seat there was a girl conscious and she was asking me if I knew where they were. I couldn’t tell if she was on the phone or not at the time, but the front passenger looked to have been on the phone with 911. This was very clearly a drunk driving accident, as soon as I saw the scene that was my immediate thought. I did not see another male from where I was.

    To be completely honest I did not all the passengers, I saw one driver and four passengers (for a total of five people) but I could be mistaken as I was not allowed to approach the vehicle so I really couldn’t see anyone in the middle seats. There appeared to be four conscious people when I arrived (Driver (male), Front Passenger (male), passenger behind driver seat (male), and passenger behind front passenger seat (female). Instead of stopping I decided to continue down the bridge so I wasn’t blocking access to the car for the police and paramedics. I had intended to go down and make a roundabout and come back up behind the car so that I could park while waiting for paramedics and provide any assistance that I’d be allowed to provide, but by the time I had made it to the other side of the bridge, and made a u turn (just before the leechmere T stop). I had to go back to the other side of the overpass to get back on it facing the correct way, but by the time I got there the cops, fire, and ambulances had already arrived (amazing response time guys).

    The driver seemed deeply sorry and even admitted that he f*cked up (his words to me), granted this doesn’t effect the outcome of the accident. This is exactly why you don’t drink and drive. My deepest condolences to the families and everyone involved. This is something the driver is going to have to live with for the rest of his life :-(.

    Cabs save lives!!!!!!

    1. unknown123 says:

      I heard the driver was hydroplaning through the bridge is that correct?

  4. Anonymous. says:

    How tragic. The 16 year old girl used to go to the same school with me since Elementary. Sad that she’s gone. She was a good girl always happy.

  5. anonymous says:

    what a shame.Senseless.

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