Driver held in deadly Somerville accident

A 21-year-old alleged drunken driver with a long, checkered driving record crashed in Somerville before dawn yesterday, leaving one of his five passengers dead and another clinging to life, authorities said.

Kenneth W. Belew, 21, of Somerville was coming from a house party with a car packed full of passengers when he lost control of his 2001 Chevy Malibu and crashed into concrete barriers on an elevated portion of McGrath Highway at about 3:30 a.m, said state police spokesman David Procopio.

A 16-year-old Everett girl was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 17-year-old Somerville girl was in grave condition at Massachusetts General Hospital yesterday, Procopio said.

Neither Belew nor the two girls, whose names were not released, had been wearing seat belts, police said.

Three other passengers — a 20-year-old Somerville man, a 21-year-old Somerville man and a 19-year-old woman from Everett — were wearing seat belts and were transported to MGH with minor injuries, police said.

Belew was treated for minor injuries and was held pending his Somerville District Court arraignment Monday on charges of motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence, speeding and a marked lane violation.

His four-page driving record, which dates back three years, includes at least four suspensions, as well as entries for speeding, failure to stop, no inspection sticker and lane and seat belt violations, according to the state Registry of Motor Vehicles.