YARMOUTHPORT – Police have identified the man who died in a fiery crash on Route 6A in Yarmouthport Wednesday night.
The victim was William Kimball, 54, of Desert Sands Lane in Yarmouthport.
Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officers Paul Mellett and Kevin Antonovitch were dispatched to the crash site at about 10:55 p.m. Kimball’s car, a white 2007 Volvo, hit a tree in front of the Bank of America on the south side of the street at 125 Route 6A in Yarmouthport.
Upon arrival, they found the car engulfed in flames that were shooting 30 to 40 feet into the air, according to police.
Kimball was lying motionless on the ground in the bank parking lot about 20 feet from the burning vehicle.
Patrol Officers Mellett and Antonovitch tried to carry him further away from the burning vehicle but were unable to do so due to the heavy smoke and the intense heat from the vehicle on fire.
Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department arrived and pulled the man away from the fire and began advanced life saving measures including CPR at the scene and subsequently transported him by Yarmouth FD ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where he was pronounced dead.
At the scene, officers identified two witnesses that had pulled Kimball from the burning car. Stephen T. Spewock of Yarmouthport stated that he was in his home watching television when he heard a loud crash. He looked outside and saw the vehicle crashed into the tree. He immediately called 9-1-1 and went outside to the vehicle which was then on fire. Spewock and a passerby James Swindler of Yarmouthport said they removed the victim from the vehicle and dragged him as far as they could before having to retreat from the intense heat and flames.
Route 6A was closed and traffic was diverted for several hours as Yarmouth Police, members of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit, and members of the Cape Cod Regional Crash Reconstruction Team provided crash scene protection and management, evidence collection services, and conducted a crash reconstruction investigation.
The initial investigations indicates that the vehicle appeared to have been traveling westbound on Route 6A and veered off into the eastbound lane, crossing onto the eastbound shoulder, and crashing into the tree at a high rate of speed.