West Tisbury woman dies of injuries sustained in Sunday morning crash

State Police said it appears the driver did not brake before she went off the road and struck a tree at the corner of Codding Lane and State Road.

Updated 9 pm, Tuesday

A West Tisbury woman, on her way to work early Sunday morning, drove off State Road and struck a tree just past the West Tisbury-Tisbury town line. Brianna Combra, 24, of West Tisbury sustained serious injuries in the crash. She was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and flown by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital, where she later died, a somber Tisbury Police Lieutenant Eerik Meisner confirmed Sunday night.

Ms. Combra, a Steamship Authority employee, was on her way to work. Her work shift was scheduled to begin at 5 am.

Lieutenant Meisner said police received a call at 5:12 am to respond to an accident near Codding Lane on State Road just west of the Scottish Bakehouse. Based on the significant damage to her vehicle, a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, speed was a likely factor in the accident, Lieutenant Meisner said.

Members of the State Police accident reconstruction team arrived on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday to investigate the accident. A State Police investigator said there was no evidence of braking. The vehicle drifted off the road after rounding a slight curve. Both air bags deployed. Ms. Combra was not wearing a seat belt, State Police trooper David Parent said.

“Brianna was a very friendly and well-liked member of the crew at both our Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs terminals for the past 5 years,” Wayne Lamson, Steamship Authority general manager, said in an email to The Times Monday.  “We have lowered the flags at all of our terminals and on all of our vessels in her memory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”

A church service is scheduled for 11am, Saturday, May 2 at the Grace Church in Vineyard Haven followed by a graveside service in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Oak Bluffs. A gathering at the PA club on Vineyard Ave will follow services.