Braintree: Police Investigating Fatal Crash

Braintree Police are investigating a fatal car accident in front of the Pan Asia Restaurant on Route 53, just after 7 p.m. Sunday (June 7).

Police were called to Quincy Ave. and Pleasant View Ave. on Sunday evening after a serious motor vehicle crash occurred in front of the Pan Asia Restaurant. The road had to be shut down for about four hours to clear the accident.

Upon speaking with several witnesses to the accident and observing the accident scene, Braintree Police Chief Russ Jenkins said it appears that there were three motor vehicles involved in the crash. One vehicle with a Washington State registration was being operated by Daniel Karimi, 36, with addresses in both Brockton and Washington State.  Karimi was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. 

Witness statements suggest that Karimi was traveling south on Quincy Avenue from Quincy at speeds estimated to be between 90-100 miles per hour.

Witnesses stated that they observed Karimi lose control of his vehicle at the slight bend in the road near Audubon Ave.  Karimi’s vehicle appears to have crossed over the solid double line, striking an oncoming vehicle.  A 53-year-old Framingham woman was operating this vehicle.  A 60-year-old Newton woman was a passenger in the front seat.

The impact of this collision sent the Framingham woman’s vehicle into two unoccupied motor vehicles parked in front of Pan Asia. Both women had to be extricated from their vehicle by the Braintree Fire department. They were both transported to the South Shore Hospital with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

When Karimi struck the Framingham woman’s vehicle, it sent his vehicle in what was described as a 360-degree spin further into the north bound lane.  Karimi’s vehicle then struck the third vehicle, operated by a 39-year-old Braintree man.  This man was ambulatory on scene, but was transported to South Shore to be checked out.

A person close to Karimi confirmed all of Karimi’s family lives in Kenya and have been notified of his death by a relative.

This crash remains under investigation by the Braintree Police Department Traffic Division, but no charges will be filed against either of the surviving vehicle operators.


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About Erin Dale

Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.