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1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Somerville car crash

April 22, 2011

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SOMERVILLE, Mass.—State police say alcohol and speed contributed to an early morning car crash that left a 16-year-old Everett girl dead and a 17-year-old Somerville girl clinging to life in the hospital.

Four other people in the car, including the driver, sustained minor injuries in the crash at about 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The driver, identified by police as 21-year-old Kenneth Belew of Somerville is facing charges including drunken driving. No other names were released.

Police say the occupants had been at a house party where alcohol was served.

Belew apparently lost control of the car on the elevated portion of the McGrath Highway southbound over Washington Street and struck a concrete barrier.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Somerville District Court on Friday.