Moped driver who collided with Jeep airlifted to Boston

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A New Jersey man operating a rented moped and carrying a passenger lost control of the bike and veered into the path of an oncoming Jeep, on State Road in West Tisbury about 3:25 pm, Friday afternoon. Robert M. Czech, 47, of Clifton, New Jersey was seriously injured.

He and his passenger, Emily McDonald of New York City, were traveling south on State Road when Mr. Czech veered into the opposite lane and the path of a 1993 Jeep driven by John Poduska, 63, of West Tisbury, according to Hadden Blair, West Tisbury police administrator.

Ms. McDonald and Mr. Czech were taken by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Mr. Czech was later transferred by medical helicopter to a Boston area hospital. No further information was available.

Two pairs of friends, also riding mopeds, were following Mr. Czech when the accident occurred. One witness said the moped appeared to wiggle before the accident.

Mr. Czech was cited by police for a moped violation. Police said Mr. Poduska was not at fault and was not cited.

The accident occurred about 3:25 pm, near the Polly Hill Arboretum. Police blocked off State Road at the intersections of North Road and Panhandle Road for several hours.

Mr. Czech rented his moped from Island Hoppers, 15 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs.