Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
SOMERVILLE -- Authorities released the names this afternoon of two teenagers killed in a single-car crash Friday in Somerville, hours after the man accused of causing the crash was arraigned on charges that included two counts of motor vehicle homicide.
Mayara Alves, 16, of Everett was pronounced dead when emergency responders reached the crash scene on the elevated portion of the McGrath Highway in Somerville early Friday morning. Isabela DaSilva, 16, of Somerville died over the weekend from injuries she suffered during the crash.
The driver, Kenneth W. Belew, 21, was arraigned in Somerville District Court today on two counts of negligent motor vehicle homicide by operation under the influence of alcohol, as well as charges of operating under the influence, negligent operation, and speeding. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail.
Police allegedly found Belew at the scene of the crash with blood on his head and face.
“He was pulling his hair crying, screaming…’I killed her, I was driving, and I’m drunk,” Assistant District Attorney Ceara Mahoney said at the hearing, adding that Belew said, “I’m responsible for her death.”
Authorities found Alves cradled in the arms of another passenger. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
DaSilva, whom authorities initially had reported was a 17-year-old from Somerville, was taken to a hospital. She died of her injuries Saturday.
Neither of the teens was wearing a seat belt, authorities said. The names of the deceased teens were released this afternoon by Middlesex prosecutors.
Three other passengers were wearing their seat belts and sustained minor injuries.
According to Registry of Motor Vehicles records, Belew was granted a license in December 2007 and was cited less than a month later in Somerville for speeding, a marked lane violation, and failure to stop for police.
In all, Belew has been cited seven times for incidents including speeding, lane violations, driving without an inspection sticker, and a seat belt infraction, the Globe reports today.
His license was reinstated after each of four suspensions, most recently on June 17 after he paid a fee, records show. In two instances, Belew passed classes to regain driving privileges, the Globe reports.
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