Chilmark car accident causes power outage

South Road, shown in this file photo, was the scene of an accident Sunday night that caused a brief power outage. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

A single car accident that involved a utility pole on South Road in Chilmark caused a brief power outage about 10 pm, Sunday night.

Simeon Paresky, 26, of Oak Bluffs was driving down Island when he was distracted by a passenger and lost control of his Ford Expedition SUV, according to Chilmark police. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole near Homestead Way.

Police received the first call about the accident at 10:02 pm. According to police, the vehicle was heavily damaged and had to be towed from the scene. Police cited Mr. Paresky for a marked lanes violation.

Power was restored to the area in about two hours.