RHS grad dies, senior charged in Thursday crash
A Martha's Vineyard Regional High School senior who was to graduate Sunday was severely injured and her passenger killed in a single-car accident on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Thursday night, June 11.
Yesterday, family and friends buried Jena Pothier, 18, of Oak Bluffs, a 2008 regional high school graduate, following an emotional service attended by more than 300 family members, friends, schoolmates, and Islanders, all crowded into Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs.
Also yesterday, West Tisbury Police issued 12 motor vehicle citations to Kelly McCarron. The charges include motor vehicle homicide with negligent operation, operating under influence (OUI) of alcohol with serious injury resulting, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, passing in a no passing zone, and speeding.
Ms. McCarron is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is expected to fully recover.
"She is improving," said her grandmother, Anne McCarron of Edgartown. On Tuesday, family members gathered in the young woman's hospital room to deliver the sad news about Jena Pothier.
"She cried and asked about Jena's parents," said the elder Ms. McCarron. "She could not believe she was gone."
Fatal, foggy night
At 10 pm last Thursday, West Tisbury Police, Tri-town EMTs and fire department rescue personnel responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash one mile west of the entrance to Martha's Vineyard Airport.
Police received information that one person had been thrown from the car and that there were serious injuries. When police arrived, Ms. McCarron, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was lying near the shoulder of the road. Ms. Pothier, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pinned in the front passenger seat of the vehicle.
Ms. McCarron's address is in Oak Bluffs, but she lives in Edgartown at the home of her grandmother. She is the owner of the 2004 red Toyota Camry involved in the crash.