Two teenage girls in Somerville died after a car accident Friday morning at approximately 3:30 AM. Kenneth Belew, 21, of Somerville was driving under the influence of alcohol and a high rate of speed on the McGrath O'Brien Highway overpass when his car lost control and collided with the cement safety wall. Five passengers were in the vehicle, two female teenagers who were not wearing seatbelts died of their injuries. Police have not yet released the names of the victims.
The driver Belew was arraigned this morning in Somerville District Court for operating under the influence of alcohol, vehicular homicide, speeding and marked lane violation. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.
The other three passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and sustained minor injuries. The Registry of motor vehicle records show the driver had previously undergone several license suspensions for a variety of motor vehicle infractions.
This is a case that will most likely be indicted by a grand jury and sent to the Middlesex Superior Court.
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