One injured in accident at roundabout


A Pennsylvania driver was injured, then cited for a violation, after the car she was driving struck curbing in the roundabout Monday afternoon.

The Oak Bluffs emergency medical service took Isabella Stenz to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with minor wrist injuries Monday afternoon.

The accident happened just after noon. Ms. Stenz, 16, was driving, and her father Willard Stenz, who owns the black Honda Civic, was a passenger, traveling from Vineyard Haven on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. According to the police report, Ms. Stenz hit the traffic island nearest Barnes Road going toward West Tisbury, on the south side of the intersection.

“I first spoke to Willard Stenz,” officer William Johnson wrote in his report. “Willard stated that his daughter Isabella was operating the vehicle when they came to the roundabout. Isabella panicked and left the travel lane crashing into the granite barrier.”

Police cited Ms. Lenz for a marked lane violation.

The island has curbing in place, but no landscaping. Both front seat airbags deployed when the vehicle hit the curbing, and fluids were leaking, according to the police report.

This is the first accident at the roundabout, which opened to traffic in April, that required an ambulance response, according to Emergency Medical Service chief John Rose.

The roundabout was the subject of heated controversy on Martha’s Vineyard over the past two years, drawing intense and vocal opposition. Since it opened, even some of the most fierce critics agree traffic has moved more smoothly through the roundabout than the four-corner intersection it replaced.