One man injured in West Tisbury motorcycle accident

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A man crashed his motorcylce after attempting to pass two vehicles on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road on Tuesday night. — Courtesy West Tisbury Police Department

Updated, Thursday, 1:40 pm

A 42-year-old Edgartown man was rushed to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Tuesday night after crashing his motorcycle while passing two vehicles in a no-passing lane on Edgartown–West Tisbury Road, according to police.

West Tisbury Police Sgt. Garrison Vieira told the Times the motorcycle crashed near Pond Road at about 9 pm, while attempting to pass two vehicles traveling in the same direction, in a no-passing zone. Witnesses in those vehicles told police they saw an oncoming car and could not understand why the motorcyclist did not appear to see it too. The oncoming car, a 1998 Subaru Forester, disappeared down a dip in the road, the motorists told police, and when it became visible again, the motorcyclist encountered the Subaru head on. The motorcyclist attempted to swerve, as did the Subaru driver, a 20-year-old Chilmark woman, Vieira said. The motorcyclist clipped the front and side of the Subaru and then went out of control and crashed, Vieira said.

“He seemed to have significant injuries — to what extent I’m not sure,” West Tisbury Deputy Fire Chief Greg Pachico said.

Pachico, who was incident commander, said the driver of the Subaru was not injured but was “very shaken up.”

Tri-Town Ambulance transported the injured man to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Tri-Town Ambulance Chief Ben Retmier said.

Vieira said he was later medflighted.

The motorcycle, a 2009 Yamaha YZF R6, was hauled away by JWL Transport and Towing, along with the Subaru, Vieira said.

Vieira said the accident is still under investigation.

Updated to correct the road where the crash occurred, and to add details about the accident. -Ed.