Peabody man killed in car crash

BOXFORD – A serious three-car crash on Route 95 northbound killed a Peabody man and injured four people on Saturday night.

State Police, the Boxford Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene, and found a multi-car crash with life-threatening injuries to one of the drivers, state police said in a statement.

An initial investigation indicated that a 1997 BMW convertible, driven by Michael Espinola, of Peabody, was speeding and crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a 2012 Acura MDX and a 2009 Honda Civic. Espinola was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.

The driver of the Acura, a 64-year-old North Hampton, N.H.,  man, and his passenger, a 64-year-old North Hampton woman, along with the driver of the Honda, a 43-year-old Georgetown woman and her 12-year-old female passenger, were all taken Beverly Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, state police said.

Police had received numerous calls around 9:52 p.m., for two vehicles that were apparently racing on Route 95 southbound in Boxford. Moments later, police were alerted by 911 calls that there had been a serious multi-car crash, state police said.

MassDOT responded to the scene to assist with marking the lane closures. Three northbound lanes of Route 95 at exit 53 were closed during the crash response and investigation. The left lane remained open during the investigation and all three lanes were reopened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Troopers from the Collisions Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the Crime Scene Services Section responded to assist with the investigation, along with the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

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