SOMERVILLE (CBS/AP) – A Somerville man appeared in court on Monday to face charges in connection with a car crash that claimed the lives of two teenage girls.
State police say 21-year-old Kenneth Belew was at the wheel of a car that crashed in the pre-dawn hours Friday on the elevated portion of the McGrath Highway southbound over Washington Street.
WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.
Belew faces numerous charges, including drunken driving, motor vehicle homicide and speeding in the crash.
He had five passengers. A 16-year-old Everett girl died at the scene, while a 17-year-old Somerville girl died later on Saturday. Their names were not made public. Belew and three others suffered minor injuries.
Police said the group had just come from a house party at which alcohol was served.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.
Prosecutors said right after the crash, Belew cried out to police at the scene, “I killed her, I’m drunk, take me to jail.”
Kim Moss, a parent, said Belew is her son’s best friend. She said the tragedy should send a message.
“These children need to know that drinking and driving is very dangerous. As we sat in the courtroom today, there were probably 6 or 7 people that were arrested for OUI, and they were one of the lucky ones,” said Moss.
The judge set bail at $5,000. If released, he’s ordered not to drink or drive and he must undergo screenings.
Belew has a criminal record, including past charges for assault and battery, operating with a suspended license and minor possessing alcohol.
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