One dies in seven-car wreck on Route 95 in Norwood

A Jamaica Plain resident died following a seven-car crash on Route 95 in Norwood on Jan. 1.

Elefthria Pantekidis, 71, of Jamaica Plain, was a passenger in a Cadilac DTS hit during the crash. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at Norwood Hospital, Massachusetts State Police said.

According to the State Police’s initial report, the crash “was triggered when a 2004 Audi A4 lost control, struck the guardrail and spun around, so that it was facing oncoming traffic. The operator of that car, Milton J. McCarthy, 23, of Dorchester, suffered serious injuries when his car was then struck by an oncoming vehicle.”

McCarthy was transported to Boston Medical Center and is in critical condition, police said.

There were three consecutive collisions at that spot, which was near the Neponset Street exit in Norwood.

“The facts and circumstances of the crash, including what caused the initial car to strike the guardrail and spin around, remain under investigation by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Norfolk County State Police Detective Unit. That investigation will determine whether criminal charges are warranted,” police said.

As of Jan. 6, no charges have resulted from the crash, police said.

In addition to McCarthy and Pantekidis, three others were taken for medical treatment.  Haralambos Kosmidis, 75, of Jamaica Plain and Georgios Pantekidis, 78, of Jamaica Plain, were transported to Norwood Hospital while Elpida Kosmidis, 68, of Jamaica Plain was transported to the Boston Medical Center. These three were in the same car as Pantekidis. Police report Haralambos Kosmidis was driving that vehicle.

The collisions also involved a 1998 Buick Riviera operated by Berardino M. Santeusanio Jr., 55, of Billerica, a 2009 Lincoln MKX driven by Paul F. Redmond, 62, of Dorchester, a 2002 Nissan Altima driven by Arnaldo R. Lopes, 32, of Brockton, a 2000 Subaru Legacy driven by Ronald A. Gonzalez, 53, of Hyde Park and a 2007 Kia Spectra driven by Stacey Bourlos, 20, of Foxborough. There were also several passengers affected by the crash.

Following the accident, traffic was diverted to Route 1 in Norwood.