Peabody man dies in Danvers car crash last night

A 30-year-old Peabody man was killed in a car crash on Route 128 in Danvers last night and his passenger was seriously injured, according to the State Police.

Reginaldo Dasilva Souza was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement released by police this morning. While Souza was wearing his seatbelt, his passenger, Sidney Gomes Dasilva, 37, was not wearing his seatbelt. Dasilva suffered serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, according to police.

At 7:59 p.m. yesterday troopers from the State Police Barracks in Danvers responded to reports of a single-car crash on Route 128 southbound at Route 35.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the 1991 Honda Accord was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck the guardrail in the vicinity of Route 35, according to a statement released by State Police this morning.

State Police said the Accord then veered across two lanes and struck a jersey barrier before it continued onto a ramp to Route 35 and struck two other jersey barriers. Police said the impact of the crash not only knocked over the jersey barriers but caused the car to flip over and come to rest on its roof.

“The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation; preliminary evidence suggests that excessive speed was a factor, and troopers are additionally investigating whether alcohol was a factor,” the statement said.

The crash forced police to shutdown two lanes at the southbound side of Route 128 at the crash scene for an hour and a half last night.

The investigation is being conducted by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Troopers were assisted on-scene by Danvers police, fire, and EMS.