SOUTH YARMOUTH – Yarmouth police charged a Dennis man with vehicular manslaughter after a single car accident that killed a Harwich man early this morning on Blue Rock Road in South Yarmouth.
James Rebello III, 33, allegedly drove an Audi A4 sedan into a boulder in the front yard of 1 Blue Rock Road around 1:30 a.m.
Steven Berrio, 28, of Harwich, was a passenger in the vehicle and was believed to be ejected upon impact according to Yarmouth Deputy Chief of Police Steven Xiarhos.
Berrio was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital by Yarmouth fire and rescue crews and was later pronounced dead.
Police said the vehicle flipped and landed in a tree pinning Rebello in the car.
Fire and rescue crews used the Jaws of Life to remove Rebello from the vehicle and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries according to fire captain Tom Lundquist.
Xiarhos said police found alcoholic beverages inside the crushed vehicle and Rebello was believed to be intoxicated after an interview was conducted.
The initial on-scene investigation indicates the Audi was speeding on North Main Street and veered left as it approached the traffic island at the intersection of Great Western Road and North Main Street.
Police believe the car struck curbing then crossed the street hitting a large boulder causing the car to become airborne before landing in a pine tree.
A Yarmouth crash reconstruction officer along with a member of the Cape Cod Regional Crash Reconstruction Unit are conducting the reconstruction of the crash.
The vehicle was towed to Yarmouth Police Headquarters where it is being held for evidence.
Members of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit provided crime scene services.
Rebello was also charged with speeding, failure to stop, failure to stay within marked lanes and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.