Couple and child injured in early Sunday morning Oak Bluffs crash

Couple and child injured in early Sunday morning Oak Bluffs crash

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The scene of the accident on County Road in Oak Bluffs. — Photo by Rick Mello

Updated 12 pm, Monday, July 29

Kathlyn Medeiros, 24, and Gilmar de Souza, 28, both of Oak Bluffs, and their child were seriously injured in an early Sunday morning car crash about one mile east of the intersection of County Road and Edgartown Road in Oak Bluffs. Speed was a factor in the single-car crash, police said.

Oak Bluffs police officer J.J. Mendez arrived at the accident scene about 3:23 am. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata had gone off the road and crashed into several trees, Lt. Tim Williamson of the Oak Bluffs Police said in an email to The Times. The vehicle had severe damage and the airbags deployed. Ms. Medeiros and Mr. de Souza and their 17-month-old daughter were trapped inside.

Fire and emergency medical crews used mechanical tools to get the three occupants out of the vehicle. Edgartown and Tisbury police officers assisted by blocking traffic on County Road.

Ms. Medeiros, Mr. de Souza, and the child were taken by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Ms. Medeiros was later transferred by MedFlight to Massachusetts General Hospital where she was listed in good condition Monday, according to a hospital spokesman.

The baby, Evelyn Lorraine de Souza, was transferred by Coast Guard jet to Logan Airport in Boston and brought to Boston Children’s Hospital where she was listed in fair condition in the intensive care unit Monday, according to a hospital spokesman.

A fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod was used to transfer the child in order to provide a smoother flight, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Simpson. A flight surgeon accompanied the flight.

Alcohol was ruled out as a cause for the crash, Lieutenant Williamson said. Police cited Ms. Medeiros, the operator of the vehicle, for negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and speeding. The accident is under investigation.