A recent single vehicle accident in the Peabody area of Massachusetts is still under investigation. The vehicle involved in the fatal car accident was being driven by a 26-year-old male. There were also three passengers riding in the vehicle. The deceased was among the passengers.
Authorities responded to the single car crash sometime after 6 p.m. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of Route 128 in Peabody, north of Lowell Street. State police indicated that the high speed lane on the southbound side of Route 128 was closed for approximately one hour as a result of the car accident.
According to accident reports, the vehicle struck the guardrail on the right-hand side of the road. The vehicle subsequently rolled over and came to rest on its roof in the high speed lane on the southbound side of Route 128. Authorities indicate the driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Further, they report that all three passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Two of the passengers were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening and/or minor injuries, while the third passenger was initially transported to a hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Massachusetts State Police say the accident is still under investigation. They did not initially release details regarding the identity of the deceased passenger. Prudence requires that we wait until all the details have come to light to pass any judgment on the driver of the vehicle regarding liability for the fatality and the car accident. There was no indication from authorities at the time of this writing as to any pending criminal charges. But, the family of the deceased may want to remain close to this investigation as they may be entitled to bring a wrongful death action under relevant Massachusetts law in order to seek compensation from the driver of the vehicle if they choose to do so.
Source: MyFoxBoston.com, "State police investigate fatal car crash in Peabody," Oct. 29, 2012