Net Result cleans up following Saturday morning car crash

The damage inside the Net Result was extensive. Left to right: Betsy Larsen, Jeffrey Maida and Louie Larsen survey the wreckage.
Photo by Nelson Sigelman

The damage inside the Net Result was extensive. Left to right: Betsy Larsen, Jeffrey Maida and Louie Larsen survey the wreckage.

Abraham T. Rendon, the driver of the Toyota that smashed through the fish market wall, causing a chain of destruction, was drunk, police said.

Updated 5 pm, Tuesday, April 8

The clean-up continued at The Net Result this week, following an early Saturday morning car accident that left the interior of the market littered with debris from smashed walls and display cases.

A car traveling from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven crashed through the east wall of the Net Result early Saturday morning.

Photo by Nelson Sigelman

A car traveling from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven crashed through the east wall of the Net Result early Saturday morning.

“We’ll try to open as soon as possible, but at this point, I have no idea when that will be,” owner Louis Larsen said. Mr. Larsen said he had considered reopening only a portion of the market where the take-out counter is located, but he must first be certain that a partial opening will not jeopardize his insurance claims.

Tisbury Police Lieutenant Eerik Meisner told The Times Monday morning that Abraham Torres Rendon, 25, of Edgartown, was at the wheel of a 2004 Toyota 4Runner heading from Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven when he drove the SUV into the exterior of the fish market about 1:40 am, Saturday morning.

Mr. Rendon and his female passenger, who was not charged with any crime, left the scene of the accident and fled to a nearby motel where police found them. Lieutenant Meisner said Mr. Rendon was charged with operating under the influence, marked lanes violations, speeding, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, destruction of property, and resisting arrest.

Lieutenant Meisner said that Mr. Rendon offered the arresting officer $200 to let him go free. That netted him an additional charge of attempted bribery.

The couple did not sustain any injuries in the crash, police said.

Mr. Rendon refused to take a breathalyzer test at the State Police headquarters.

Mr. Rendon was released from the Dukes County Jail that same day, April 5, on $500 bail.

The Saturday morning accident caught The Net Result fully stocked for the busy weekend and Lent.

Tisbury fire chief John Schilling watched as the Toyota was pulled from the interior of the market.

Courtesy Net Result

Tisbury fire chief John Schilling watched as the Toyota was pulled from the interior of the market.

Inside the Net Result Saturday morning, owner Louie Larsen, employees and family members surveyed the extensive damage. Mr. Larsen said it appeared that the driver of the 4Runner barely hit the brakes before the vehicle hit the building. Once inside the building, it appeared the driver attempted to back out, he said.

Insulation, shattered glass, wood framing and vehicle parts littered the floor Saturday. The car struck a fiberglass lobster tank weighing thousands of pounds filled with lobsters for the weekend and pushed it into a stainless steel counter, bending the counter. The counter crushed the end of a 12-foot custom fish case and shattered the display glass. The impact sent the case into a wall freezer, breaking the glass door.

“None of this stuff is light,” Mr. Larsen said. He estimated the damage at more than $250,000.

The tank lost all its water. Early Saturday morning, employees moved the lobsters to a refrigerator

The accident left a gaping hole in the building.

Courtesy Net Result

The accident left a gaping hole in the building.

Unfortunately, Mr. Larsen said, the lobsters rescued from the damaged holding tank, which amounted to about 700 pounds, had to be thrown out. The tank was found to be full of broken glass from the windows and front display case, which made them unsafe for consumption.

Mr. Larsen said he was grateful for the quick response from police and firefighters. He said the store was fully stocked Friday in anticipation of the busy weekend. As Mr. Larsen made plans to begin the cleanup he said he was happy no one was hurt.

On Tuesday afternoon, a crew from Oceanside Fire and Water Damage Repairs worked in the shop, alongside Mr. Larsen.

Mr. Larsen said he has hired an insurance adjuster and is still trying to figure out what equipment is broken and what has to be completely replaced. He plans to turn the disaster into an opportunity to make some upgrades when he has to purchase new fixtures and equipment. “We’ll come back better,” he vowed.

“We might have to park a food truck outside,” Mr. Larsen said with a smile, adding that he hopes to have some kind of fish available for Good Friday.

Repeat violator

Mr. Rendon is no stranger to motor vehicle charges.

On April 3, 2008, a charge of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle was dismissed upon payment of $100 court costs and completion of 16 hours of community service, according to The MV Times court report.

Abraham T. Rendon is accused of driving into The Net Result.

Courtesy of Dukes County S

Abraham T. Rendon is accused of driving into The Net Result.

On June 12, 2013, Mr. Rendon was found guilty of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine. A charge of operating under the influence (drugs) was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth. He was found not responsible for a failure to signal.

He was found guilty on a second charge of negligent operation of motor vehicle and received one year’s probation. He was ordered to pay $100 in fees and complete 28 hours of community service.

On September 4, 2013, Mr. Rendon appeared in court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and no inspection sticker.

On November 4, 2013 a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth; he was found not responsible on a charge of speeding.

On November 7, 2013 a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license was continued without a finding for six months. A charge of unlicensed operation of motor vehicle was dismissed at the request of the Commonwealth. He was found not responsible on a charge of no inspection sticker.

 



Comments

  1. Charolette Homes says:

    There is something fishy about this story.

    1. Observing_MV says:

      Way too many fishy things going on here. What were the terms of probation from the June 2013 conviction? Was he in violation of those terms when he was charged in November 2013? What exactly does “continued without finding for 6 months” mean? That was just 5 months ago. When will the court system crack down on all offenders equally?

  2. farmer5 says:

    This is a tough break for Net Result but the story has a bit of a silver lining, it could have been July 4th weekend or any weekend in August. The lobster tank probably saved the store from being wiped out entirely.
    Louie and company will overcome this bump in the road and be back just as strong as before.
    On the other hand what will happen to the driver of the vehicle? Probably very little.
    Sad that restitution is not a concept that has any meaning anymore.

  3. goglmogl says:

    250k loss for Larsen and his insurance will pay but his premiums will go up. What happens to the driver. He will be charged with DUI but has no money and will get a suspended sentence, no jail time, no restitution. How drunk does one have to be to go across the street first and then up into the store and through the building. Drunkedness and drugs are becoming manifest here on MV.

    1. vineyarder76 says:

      The driver might not even get a DUI since he was not arrested at the scene of the accident….

    2. Michael_Sullivan says:

      Why wouldn’t the driver’s auto insurance cover the damages?

  4. beckett19 says:

    The first Friday night after what opened? Hmmm. Late April Fool’s joke?

  5. mvcatz says:

    Why aren’t the police releasing the name of the person arrested?

  6. Brian Lingam says:

    NAMES. WHEN?

  7. GGAllen says:

    I’ll bet the last thing those lobsters ever thought was that they would die by getting hit by a car

  8. Brian Lingam says:

    Thanks for the informative update. Nice job, young fellow. You really hit for the cycle. Thank God no one was hurt. Curious about his no-license stop last year – Does he now have a license? Is he, *ahem*, eligible for a license?

    Kudos to all the emergency responders to this ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ scene.
    Looking forward to patronizing the Net Result ASAP!!

  9. MICHAEL FLYNN says:

    MAYBE LAST WEEK WHEN LOUIS FATHER DIED HE SENT A MESSAGE MAYBE UPGEADE THE LOBSTER TANK IT SEEMS THAT WILL HAPPEN .THE NET RESULT IS ISLAND STRONG.

    1. georgemv says:

      Are you capable of posting in anything but in caps Flynn?. Put your hearing aid on we can hear you. Installing posts to avert a similar disaster seems probable. Let’s see how many charges this perp gets and how about a photo op here so all the business owners know who Mr Danger is

  10. Homewrecker says:

    What could be more New England than a drive through fish market.

  11. Natasha Babish says:

    Holy cow! I am so glad no one was hurt! Sorry to see the Net Result in such a mess.

  12. doug james says:

    Good thing he learned his lesson !! I say lets tell him not to do it again!!!

  13. elingera says:

    Who is this dude? How come he gets off virtually scott free each and every time? Oh, wait, he probably had to pick up trash.

  14. Jodie says:

    Sure hope Abraham Torres Rendon has insurance to cover Louie’s loss. My guess he does not after doing a quick background!

  15. VineyardNative says:

    I have to see for myself just how these guys always get only a slap on the wrist for all these serious crimes that are committed on this island time after time.I will attend to see Abraham T. Rendon’s pretrial hearing set for May 8.