Turkeys blamed for head on collision on Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs

An attempt to avoid a turkey in the road may have contributed to the accident, police said.

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Two Jeeps collied on Barnes Road Friday afternoon closing down the road for a short period of time. Photo Rob Gatchell.

Updated 4 pm, Tuesday

A head-on collision between two Jeeps on Barnes Road in the vicinity of Featherstone Center for the Arts, about 2 pm Friday afternoon, shut down the road and sent three men to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Edward Miano, 53, of Medfield was driving in the direction of Oak Bluffs in a red 2004 Jeep when he crossed the centerline and collided with a black 1998 Jeep Wrangler operated by Ezequiel Lacerda, 51, of Oak Bluffs, according to Oak Bluffs Police Lieutenant Tim Williamson.

Mr. Miano told police he did not remember what happened, but according to one witness, he appeared to brake for turkeys in the road and swerved into the oncoming lane. Lieut. Williamson said wet road conditions may also have contributed to the accident.

Mr. Miano was not wearing his seatbelt, according to the initial police report, and struck the windshield with his head. He was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with head injuries, and later taken to a Boston-area hospital by MedFlight. Mr. Lacerda and a passenger in his vehicle were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries. They were also transported to the hospital.

Police plan to seek charges against Mr. Miano of operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and failure to wear a seatbelt.