One dead, four injured in Boxford crash following reports of racing

A three-car crash on Interstate 95 south in Boxford late Saturday night that killed one person and injured four others occurred moments after two cars were reported racing in the area, according to State Police.

Michael Espinola, 38, of Peabody, was pronounced dead at Beverly Hospital after the crash, according to a statement from State Police. After an initial investigation, State Police said Espinola was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting an Acura MDX and Honda Civic.


Four people from those two cars — including a 12-year-old girl, and a man and a woman, both 64 — were taken to Beverly Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, State Police said. No details were given on their injuries.

The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. near Exit 53, State Police said.

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At 9:52 p.m., authorities fielded 911 calls that reported “two vehicles apparently racing” in the southbound lanes, according to the statement.

“Moments later, 911 calls advised of a serious multi-car crash,” the statement said.

Three lanes were closed as investigators examined the scene, State Police said. The Essex County district attorney’s office is assisting with the investigation.

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