UPDATED: Tewksbury Teen Dies From Injuries Sustained in Sunday Morning Crash
Car struck a tree on Livingston Street and burst into flames.
UPDATED: Monday 11 p.m.
A Tewksbury teen has succumbed to injuries suffered when he lost control of his car and struck a tree on Livingston Street.
Tewksbury Police Deputy Chief John Voto confirmed the identity of the deceased as Jeffrey Jaimes, 19, of Tewksbury. Jaimes was a 2010 graduate of Shawsheen Tech, served in the U.S. military and was preparing to enter Salem State in the fall.
The accident took place around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. According to initial police report, Dispatch received two 911 calls reporting that a car had struck a tree and burst into flames near the intersection of the Livingston and East Streets.
Fire, police and ambulance crews responded to the scene and discovered a white Mitsubishi Eclipse on fire with James, the sole occupant of the vehicle, having sustained severe burns and life-threatening injuries.
According to the police report, rescue personell initially thought James had perished at the scene and had called for a medical examiner. However, the rescuers soon realized that James has still alive. They cancelled the M.E. and called, instead, for a Life-Flight transport but the helicopter was not flying due to poor weather.
Instead, James, was transported to Saints Medical Center in Lowell. He died of his injuries Monday.
A State Police accident reconstruction team was called to the scene and the cause of the accident is under investigation.