According to State Police, a 30-year-old Peabody man was killed in a car crash on Route 128 in Danvers due to high speed. Police report that Reginaldo Dasilva Souza was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and his passenger was seriously injured. At approximately 8 p.m. on February 5, troopers from the Danvers State Police Barracks responded to reports of a single-car crash on Route 128 southbound at Route 35. The preliminary investigation revealed that Souza`s 1991 Honda Accord was traveling at a high speed when it crashed into a guardrail before veering across two lanes, hit a jersey barrier, and then continued onto a ramp to Route 35 and then crashed into two other jersey barriers. Police reported that the impact of the crash not only knocked over the jersey barriers but resulted in the car to roll over onto its roof where it finally came to rest. Although Souza was wearing his seatbelt, his passenger, Sidney Gomes Dasilva, 37, was not wearing his safety belt and was taken with serious life-threatening injuries by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Section 13A, Chapter 90, of the Commonwealth´s General Laws, states that all occupants of motor vehicles in a private vehicle, including vans and trucks, are required to be properly restrained by a seatbelt: “No person shall operate a private passenger motor vehicle or ride in a private passenger motor vehicle, a vanpool vehicle or truck under eighteen thousand pounds on any way unless such person is wearing a safety belt which is properly adjusted and fastened.”
The investigation continues and is being carried out by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police, along with the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. State Troopers were assisted at the scene of the crash by the Danvers police, fire, and EMS departments.
In a statement, police said: “The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation; preliminary evidence suggests that excessive speed was a factor, and troopers are additionally investigating whether alcohol was a factor.”
Although the circumstances and exact cause of the accident are still under investigation, possible inebriation along high speed are potential factors. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2006 alone, 17,941 people died because of alcohol-related collisions in the United States.
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