Early-morning Jeep rollover in Edgartown leaves three injured

Police accused the driver of leaving the scene of the accident.

Officers pursued Mr. Olson the length of Barnes Road southbound into Edgartown. –File photo by Ralph Stewart

Two young men were transported by medical helicopters to Boston-area hospitals following a Tuesday-morning accident in which the Jaws of Life were needed to extricate one of the victims from a rolled-over Jeep in Edgartown. The driver of the vehicle, Adam Castro, 19, of Edgartown faces a string of charges that include leaving the scene of an accident.

Edgartown police arrived at Meshacket Road at 1:35 am, where they found Christopher Perry, 18, of Edgartown standing outside the 1996 Jeep, which was resting on its left side. Mr. Perry was transported to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Another passenger, Wesley Haeselbarth, 21, also of Edgartown, was trapped in the rear seat, police said.

“The Jaws of Life were used to extricate him from the vehicle, and he was immediately transported to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and later medflighted to Boston,” police said a press release.

The driver and registered owner of the Jeep, Mr. Castro, was nowhere to be found. His father, Scott Castro, helped police and firemen conduct “an extensive search,” but Adam Castro could not be located, police said.

Scott Castro called the police at 4 am and said that Adam had returned home and that he was transporting his son to the hospital.

Adam Castro was treated for possible neck and spine injuries, and later medflighted to Boston, police said.

Police said they will charge Adam Castro with leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a marked lane violation, speed greater than reasonable, defective equipment, and being a minor in possession of alcohol.