4 dead in fatal weekend on Massachusetts roads

Halloween isn’t for another week, but this was a scary weekend on Massachusetts roads. There were five unrelated motor vehicle accidents that left four people dead and six more with injuries. The accidents occurred in Boston, Revere, Fall River and Rehoboth late Friday night and early Sunday morning.

First, a 51-year-old Bellingham man was killed Friday at 10:55 p.m. in an accident involving two vehicles on Route 195 in Rehoboth. Reportedly, the man was driving a 2005 Ford van when a 2002 Nissan Quest slammed into it, causing the van to roll several times and the Nissan to lose control and hit a tree.

The driver of the Nissan and his passenger, who are both of Rhode Island, suffered injuries in the accident. A passenger in the van was also injured, police said. The cause of the accident has not been released.

The second accident occurred at about 11 p.m. Friday and took the life of a 51-year-old Revere man. He was reportedly hit by a Ford Explorer that was driven by a 45-year-old Lynn man. Police do not believe that the driver was speeding or was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

The next fatal accident occurred at about 1 a.m. yesterday when a 38-year-old of Dedham crashed his BMW into a tree. A 26-year-old female passenger of Dorchester was killed in the accident. The driver and another passenger were left injured. According to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office, the driver has been charged with drunk driving and other offenses.

Another accident occurred at about 5 a.m. yesterday when a 23-year-old was allegedly speeding and collided into a New Jersey barrier after sideswiping another vehicle on Route 93. The driver is expected to survive and was reported in stable condition.

Around the same time, police said a 35-year-old Somerset man was killed when he opened the passenger door of a car he was riding in and jumped out as the vehicle was traveling on a ramp from Route 79 to Route 6 in Fall River. No other details are available.

As eastern Massachusetts is densely populated, it’s extremely important for drivers to use due care on the roads. Drivers who fail to use normal caution may be held liable for the accidents and injuries they cause, whether they were speeding, under the influence of alcohol or otherwise negligent.

Source: Boston Herald, “4 killed, 6 hurt in unrelated crashes,” Colneth Smiley Jr., Oct. 23, 2011.