Authorities identify man killed in I-93 crash

R.I. resident was trapped in truck

By Derek Anderson
Globe Correspondent / August 17, 2011

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A man killed in one of two fatal accidents involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 93 Monday was identified yesterday as a Central Falls, R.I., resident.

Cristian F. Hernandez-Giron, 32, was trapped inside the truck along with the driver, Luis Gasparico, 25, of Providence, State Police said.

Hernandez-Giron was pronounced dead at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where Gasparico was discharged yesterday, said hospital officials and State Police.

The two men were traveling south at 5:12 p.m. in Wilmington when a van owned by a Somerville painting company swerved from the far left lane into the truck, which went out of control, rolled over, and landed in the median, State Police said.

Andreas Matidis, 55, of Malden, a passenger in the van, was taken to Lahey Clinic with minor injuries, said State Police.

Matidis was listed last night in good condition, said Steve Danehy, spokesman for Lahey Clinic.

The van driver - Greg N. Galanopoulous, 49, of Medford - and a passenger, Ronald Ramirez-Guzman, 28, of Chelsea were uninjured, said State Police.

Galanopoulous was arrested on a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and was cited for marked lanes violations and speeding, said State Police.

The crash, one of two fatal collisions involving tractor-trailers on I-93 on Monday, is under investigation.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, David P. McGurl, 57, of Arlington was driving his car southbound when he hit the rear of a tractor-trailer parked in the emergency cutout of the highway in Methuen, said State Police.

McGurl, treasurer for the City of Lowell, was pronounced dead at the scene, said State Police.