Updated January 4, 2019
Police, firefighters, and emergency medical crews responded to a pickup truck smashed against a tree on Barnes Road in Edgartown Thursday afternoon.
Three people were taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital by Edgartown and Oak Bluffs ambulances, according to Edgartown Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer. The injuries are believed to be minor, according to Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee.
A mother, a 15-year-old, and an 18-year-old were in the pickup at the time of the crash, Chief McNamee said. Chief McNamee said the mother, a West Tisbury woman, allegedly allowed the 15-year-old to drive the pickup truck. It appears the 15-year-old exited Sanderson Avenue onto Barnes Road at a high rate of speed and crossed and recrossed both lanes in a u-turn maneuver that sent the truck into a tree, he said.
Edgartown Police charged the 15-year-old with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. The mother was charged with allowing unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. All are criminal charges, according to Chief McNamee; however, the mother and teenager were issued only summons, not arrested. Their names were withheld by police.
The pickup was hauled away by a JWL Transportation and Towing ramp truck. Traffic headed toward Edgartown–West Tisbury Road was being directed past the deer-checking station and out by the high school for a short period of time, but the road is now reopened.
Updated to include information about charges from police. -Ed.