Tisbury crash leaves two injured

One of the two vehicles involved in a Monday crash in Vineyard Haven. - Lucas Thors

Updated @1 pm

A two-car motor vehicle crash in Tisbury sent an elderly couple to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with minor injuries Monday morning.

The crash occurred at approximately 11:30 am, at the intersection of West Spring Street and State Road, where the couple attempted to turn right at the stop sign but didn’t see a truck approaching from the left.

The Chevy Impala occupied by the couple made impact with the GMC Sierra’s front passenger door and wheel well, sustaining major damage to the front of the car. 

The Sierra was also heavily damaged, but was able to be driven onto the tow truck.

Both airbags were deployed in the Impala, which was a rental car, according to Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling.

The Impala had to be winched onto the tow truck.

The man driving the Sierra, who was not injured and refused transport to the hospital, said the crash happened “because of old people driving who shouldn’t be driving.”

The driver, who declined to give his name, said the couple ran the stop sign, but police could not confirm that statement.

West Tisbury–bound traffic was diverted through the Crane Appliance parking lot and back around to Tisbury.

Tisbury-bound traffic was diverted down the right fork of West Spring Street.

The area of State Road where the crash happened was closed off for little over an hour, as both vehicles were cleared from the roadway, and debris and leaked fluids were removed.

Although the crash resulted in only minor injuries, Tisbury Police Officer Nick Sidoti said it highlights the need for extra precautions during the summer months.

Sidoti said intersections like the one at West Spring Street and State Road can be dangerous if people aren’t paying attention.

“You need to really take your time and watch for any oncoming traffic. Even though the sightline is relatively clear, you need to be very careful,” Sidoti said. 

Updated with more details.



    • noting that people are “elderly” does play as a ‘prominent” detail in my opinion. A comment from someone saying the cause was “because of old people driving who shouldn’t be driving.” is that person’s opinion– he may be right, but what if he was misogynistic, and the driver was a woman and he said “because of women driving who shouldn’t be driving.” It’s his opinion, and not a “prominent detail”

      • dondondon12 You have missed the point or are confusing two issues. “A two-car motor vehicle crash in Tisbury sent an elderly couple to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital”. The second line is prominent, yet irrelevent, because it places an ageist label on the injured couple. The opinion quoted from the other driver was relevent because it illustrates his prejudice against people older than himself as “old people driving who shouldn’t be driving.” His opinion, as is all prejudice, is shameful and destructive to our community. “Ageism, also called age discrimination, is when someone treats you unfairly because of your age. It can also include the way that older people are represented in the media, which can have a wider impact on the public’s attitudes” https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/work-learning/discrimination-rights/ageism/ We have a perfect example of media’s use of ageism in Lucas Thor’s article. Perhaps MV Times will remedy this situation.

  1. “Elderly” does in fact play as prominent, not only by the journalist but by the other driver, who derisively ridicules then as, “old people who shouldn’t be driving”.
    These were on the spot determinations of the cause of the accident, that even the investigating officer, Sidoti, was unwilling to make. Yet this didn’t stop the MV Times.
    That two non-professionals felt their age to be a prominent enough factor, Thors effectively supporting the other drivers conclusions, makes this the real story. Which is the MVTimes is ageist and discriminatory in reporting island traffic accidents.
    Even today, the newest traffic crash reported here (“Two Jnjured in Truck Crash”, June 25th) includes no such blame which can only mean the cause was “youth and inexperience “.

  2. As MV Times may want to examine their own ageism, here is a quote and link from the World Health Organisation that may help them: “Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age. Ageism is widespread and an insidious practice which has harmful effects on the health of older adults. For older people, ageism is an everyday challenge. Overlooked for employment, restricted from social services and stereotyped in the media, ageism marginalises and excludes older people in their communities. Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially “normalized” of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism. These attitudes lead to the marginalisation of older people within our communities and have negative impacts on their health and well-being.” https://www.who.int/ageing/ageism/en/

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