Chilmark man charged in Tisbury crash

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Police and rescue crews at the scene of a two-car crash on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Tisbury. The road was closed for a time on Thursday. - Rich Saltzberg

Updated Feb. 8

Tisbury Police have charged 22-year-old Alistair Morgan with driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious bodily injury, and driving under the influence of drugs causing serious bodily injury, in the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road late Thursday afternoon.

Upon further investigation, Tisbury police added charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, second offense, and driving under the influence of drugs, second offense, according to Det. Max Sherman.

Morgan was the operator of a silver Honda Pilot that struck a red Honda Civic operated by a woman too young to be named by police. The force of the crash deployed all her airbags, Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling told The Times. She was transported from the scene to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with unspecified, “significant” injuries, according to Schilling. Morgan, along with his passengers, Edward McDade and Felix Reagan, who are also in their 20s, were subsequently taken to the hospital. Schilling said their injuries appeared “minor.” Reagan was involved in an incident in 2016 that received notoriety on and off the Island when he painted a dog in Oak Bluffs purple as part of a string of crimes. He was convicted of animal cruelty in relation to that case, according to court records.

Thursday afternoon Tisbury and State Police and Tisbury Rescue personnel responded to the two-car crash on Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road at about 4:30 pm. The scene was close to the entrance of Carroll’s and Vineyard Cash and Carry.

The three occupants of the Pilot, Morgan, McDade, and Reagan, could be seen seated on the road shoulder with a state trooper standing near them some 10 minutes after the accident came over emergency scanners. The road was completely closed for a while as ambulances from Tisbury and Oak Bluffs transported people to the hospital and the vehicles were cleared from the scene.

Tisbury Police have also charged Morgan with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.

Officers Charles Duquette and Andrew Silvia are the investigating officers.

Updated to add information about criminal charges. -Ed.