UPDATE: State Police Investigating Double-Fatal Motorcycle Crash in O’Neill Tunnel

This morning at about 2:15 a.m., two motorcycle operators crashed in the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel on Route 93 in Boston, resulting in the death of both operators.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Joseph Page indicates that JERRY ALPHONSE, 28, of Everett, operating a 2006 Honda CBR600, and ARALT CESAIRE, 26, of Medford, operating a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600, were traveling on Route 93 Northbound, just prior to Exit 23, in the O’Neill Tunnel in Boston when they lost control of their respective motorcycles and struck the retaining wall on the left side of the tunnel.  Both riders were subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

While this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, Troop H detectives, and Troopers assigned to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, speed is believed to have been a factor.

For original release, see below.


Massachusetts State Police are investigating a double fatal crash involving two motorcycles that occurred early this morning in the Thomas P. O’Neill Tunnel in Boston.

Preliminary investigation by Troopers assigned to the State Police-Tunnels Barracks indicates that a group of several motorcyclists were riding on Route 93 northbound shortly after 2 a.m. For reasons that are still under investigation, two of the operators lost control of their motorcycles in the tunnel at Exit 23 and crashed, each suffering fatal injuries. Both were determined to be deceased on scene. 

At least two other motorcycle operators who were with the victims remained on scene. 

The victims are young adult males. Their identities are not being released at this time; next-of-kin notifications are ongoing. 

Two lanes remain closed at this time to facilitate the ongoing crash investigation. One lane remains open to traffic. 

The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by the State Police-Tunnels, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police detectives. Boston Fire and Boston EMS also responded to the crash. 

No further information about the crash is being released at this time.