Acushnet woman involved in Dartmouth accident

DARTMOUTH — An Acushnet woman was involved in a two-car crash in Dartmouth last week that took the life of a 16-year-old junior at Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School.

According to Saturday’s The Standard Times, Alec J. Viera of New Bedford was killed in the accident, which occurred as a car occupied by him and a friend backed out of a driveway at 341 High Hill Road.

Police responded to the scene around 6 p.m. Mr. Viera, a passenger in the vehicle, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police said upon arriving they found two heavily damaged vehicles in the roadway. The driver and front seat passenger of a Mercury Mountaineer were identified as both being 16-year-old males from New Bedford. Both of these victims were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital. The other male, whose name was not released, was treated for head injuries and lacerations.

The other operator involved in this crash was a 22-year-old female from Acushnet whose name was not released by police.

She was also transported to St. Luke’s where she was treated for an ankle injury, police said.

Dartmouth police said the female was traveling east in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee on High Hill Road when she impacted with the right rear quarter of the Mercury as it backed out of the driveway.

Upon impact, both occupants of the Mercury were ejected from the vehicle; they were not wearing seatbelts.

Police said further tests will be conducted to determine speed and cause.

The case remains under investigation by Officer Scott Affonce, the Dartmouth Police Department’s accident investigation team and the Massachusetts State Police.