3 Dead In 4 Separate Crashes

Cause Of Crashes Under Investigation

BOSTON — Three people are dead following several separate crashes on Massachusetts roadways.

State police were called at 10:55 p.m. Friday to a two-car crash on Route 195 westbound in Rehoboth.

Authorities said a 2002 Nissan Quest driven by Antonio Leitao, 52, of Warren, R.I., was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the left rear quarter of a 2005 Ford Van operated by James Serra, 51, of Bellingham.

As a result of the impact, the Nissan spun around and struck a tree on the right side of the roadway. The Ford rolled over several times before coming to rest.

Police said Leitao, his passenger, Kyle Leitao, 19, also of Warren, R.I., and a passenger in the Ford, William Gokey, 74, of Mendon, were transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Their conditions were unknown.

Serra was pronounced dead at the scene.

At about 11 p.m., Revere and state police were called to the area of 270 Broadway for reports of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.

Authorities said evidence and witness statements indicated that a 45-year-old Lynn man was operating a green Ford Explorer when he struck James Lewis, 51, of Revere.  Lewis was first transported to Whidden Memorial Hospital and then to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The driver of the Explorer has not been charged with anything at this time.

At about 1 a.m., Boston police responded to a one-car rollover crash at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and the Riverway.

Authorities said Robinson Avendano, 38, of Dedham, was driving drunk when he lost control of a black BMW and struck a tree before rolling over.

A 26-year-old passenger from Dorchester was pronounced dead at the scene.  Both Avendano and another passenger were taken to Beth Israel Hospital with none life-threatening conditions.

Avendano has been charged with operating under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Another crash on Route 93 northbound in Dorchester left one man hospitalized.

Authorities said Edison Correa, 23, of Everett, was traveling at a high rate of speed in a gray Honda Civic when he sideswiped another vehicle.  The impact caused the Civic to crash into the jersey barrier and roll over.

Correa was transported to Boston Medical Center to be treated for severe head trauma.  He was expected to survive.