One dead following fiery Yarmouth crash early Wednesday, speed a factor

Electrical pole heavily damaged, tree snapped in half during impact

Route 28 closed in both directions until 9:30 a.m.


Yarmouth police stare in stunned silence at the fiery remains of a speeding BMW which took a life early Wednesday  morning.

YARMOUTH - On Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at approximately 12:18 a.m., the Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to numerous 911 reports of a serious crash in the area of 834 Route 28 in South Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Brian Niezgoda, Justin Haire, Scott Lundegren, Michael Wells, Christopher Van Ness, Melissa Alden and Paulo Cruz responded to the scene and found a dark blue 2001 BMW SE M5 severely damaged, on fire, and on its roof. A tree was split in half and a utility pole heavily damaged with live power lines and assorted debris spread over both travel lanes of the roadway.

Officers secured the impact area, immediately extinguished the fire, and attempted to assist the lone occupant.  Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department assisted in securing and controlling the variety of hazards and in addition, determined that the occupant of the vehicle was deceased. He has been identified as Richard W. Zeoli, 62, of 5 Lois Lane in Lexington.

Preliminary reports indicate that the BMW was travelling eastbound on Route 28 at a high rate of speed and left the roadway striking a utility pole and tree. Witnesses have reported that the vehicle had been travelling eastbound in the westbound lane just prior to the crash.

Barnstable County Sheriffs Department Crime Scene Investigator William Jacques arrived at the scene and assisted with photographing the scene and evidence collection.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Force Commander Michael Bryant and Patrol Sergeant Thomas Hennessey assisted at the crash site and Yarmouth Police Crash Reconstruction Officer Gordon T. Gibbons and Yarmouth Police Detective Sergeant Charles Peterson and Detective Eric Nuss are conducting an active follow up investigation.

NSTAR, Comcast, and other utility companies worked overnight to replace the utility pole and restore services.  Route 28 was closed and traffic detoured from the time of the crash to 9:30 a.m.  Power has been restored and the roadways are clear.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who has information regarding events leading up to the crash is asked to contact Yarmouth Police Detective Sergeant Charles Peterson at 508 775-0445 extension 132 or at [email protected].

Photos and video by David G. Curran. Release courtesy of the Yarmouth Police Department.

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