Police said driver in Monday accident sped past five cars
Photo by Rob Gatchell
Oak Bluffs Police are investigating a single-car accident on Monday afternoon, in which a young woman passed several vehicles along Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road at high speed and knocked down two signs as she entered the school zone in front of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. Her vehicle turned on its side and came to rest against a tree, after striking a truck leaving the entrance to Martha's Vineyard Community Services.
Kaylan Gray, 26, of Edgartown was driving west at between 50 and 60 miles per hour toward Vineyard Haven, when she passed as many as five cars by driving up on the right shoulder of the road, Oak Bluffs Police Lieutenant Tim Williamson told The Times Tuesday.
"She never applied her brakes," Lieutenant Williamson said. "She ran over a speed limit sign and then she hit the 20-mile-per-hour flashing light post. When she hit that post she probably went up on two wheels and flipped up on the side."
Ms. Gray's 2004 Chevy Cobalt struck a truck and landed against a tree, pinning her in the vehicle.
At approximately 1:15 pm, Oak Bluffs police, fire, and emergency medical personnel responded to the entrance to Woodside Village, opposite the high school. Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident, and Edgartown Road was closed at the intersection of County Road.
MedFlight landed on the grounds of the high school. The helicopter took off with a crew of three and Ms. Gray on board, at about 2:10 pm, en route to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lieutenant Williamson said police are investigating if alcohol, drugs, or a medical condition was a factor in the accident. He said there was no indication of alcohol use at the scene. "We will be looking into all that," he said.
The area where the accident occurred includes a skate park and bus stop frequented by young people.
"It is just fortunate that there were no kids at the bus stop near the skate park," Mr. Williamson said.
As of Tuesday noon, Mass General Hospital had no information about Ms. Gray's condition.