Late night crash in West Tisbury leads to arrest

A young West Tisbury man faces numerous motor vehicle charges following an accident late Monday, in which he narrowly avoided striking a family in an oncoming car, police said.

Daniel K. Kaeka, 21, drove down Scotchman’s Lane and bore left at the intersection with Old County Road at a high rate of speed, ignoring a stop sign, officer Matt Mincone said.

He drove into the right lane of travel and overcompensated because he was going too fast and drove into the opposite lane of travel. “The car coming at him veers to the right, he abruptly turns to the right to get back in his lane of travel and goes straight off the road into a tree.”

Officer Mincone said Mr. Kaeka was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with serious hip injuries. “Fortunately, the woman who was driving the other car, with her husband and 12-year-old son, got out of the way,” he said. “Because if they hadn’t made an evasive move there could have been a head-on and this would be a whole different story.”

Police will seek charges against Mr. Kaeka of operating under the influence of alcohol (second offense); negligent operation; marked lanes violation; stop sign violation; and speed greater than reasonable.

Officer Mincone, a high school hockey coach, visited the young man in the hospital Tuesday to offer support and guidance.