High speed motorcycle accident badly injures Tisbury man


A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries following a Monday night crash that left Barnes Road (also known as Airport Road) closed for several hours. One witness estimated the operator, Petr Valach, 24, of Tisbury, was traveling 120 miles per hour when the accident occurred, Edgartown Police said.

Police said Mr. Valach was among a group of motorcyclists traveling south on Barnes Road when he struck a Suzuki GSXR10 motorcycle operated by Ryan Willoughby, 20, of Tisbury. Mr. Valach was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and airlifted by MedFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital, police said.

Edgartown Police, rescue, and ambulance personnel were dispatched following the report of a motorcycle accident near the entrance to the Airport Mobil gas station at 6:41 pm. Police said Mr. Willoughby had pulled off to the side of the road and was turning around when he was struck by Mr. Valach.

Mr. Valach was thrown from his motorcycle and landed 575 feet away in serious condition, police said. His motorcycle, a 2008 Honda CBR1000, struck a tree and split in two. Mr. Willoughby was treated at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for hand injuries.

The road was closed to traffic for two hours for accident scene reconstruction. The accident remains under investigation by the Edgartown Police Department.

Edgartown Police chief Tony Bettencourt said police will seek charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and speeding against Mr. Valach, who remained in the hospital yesterday.

According to one published review, the motorcycle Mr. Valach was operating has a top speed of 186 miles per hour and had a price tag of $11,599 when new.