1 Teen Killed, Another Gravely Injured In Somerville Crash

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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