Jeep driver cited in Tuesday collision with pickup

A Tisbury EMS team led by EMS Coordinator Tracey Jones tends to an infant taken from a Jeep crash Tuesday on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. The infant was later found to be uninjured. The driver, the infant's grandmother, was cited for a marked lanes violation after she crossed into the opposite lane and hit a pickup truck. - Rich Saltzberg


A 2017 Jeep Cherokee driven by Adrienne Barris crossed the centerline on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road near the Verizon building in Tisbury Tuesday afternoon, and collided with a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup driven by Keith Fenner, according to Tisbury Police Officer Maria Deoliveira. Ms. Barris was cited for a marked lanes violation by Tisbury Police, she said. Due to the severity of the crash, Ms. Barris’ infant granddaughter, a passenger in the Jeep, was taken by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where she was found to be uninjured, Officer Deoliveira said. Ms. Barris’ daughter, the mother of the infant, was also a passenger in the Jeep, she said.

Ms. Barris was traveling in the Vineyard Haven–bound lane, and a witness told police the Jeep crossed over into the opposite lane, where Mr. Fenner was traveling toward Edgartown, according to a police report. Mr. Fenner swerved so radically to avoid a head-on collision with Ms. Barris, his pickup was side-rear-ended by the Jeep, the report stated. The impact tore a tire from his truck and crushed a tire on the Jeep, and sent the vehicles to opposite sides of the road.

The accident scene jammed Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road back to State Road. It further gridlocked traffic from the intersection of Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road and State Road, causing backups to Five Corners.

Tisbury Fire, EMS, Police and Public Works responded to the accident. Officer Deoliveira said both vehicles appeared totaled.

Updated to reflect new information about the accident.