Motorcyclist airlifted following Chilmark collision

North Road in Chilmark was the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle and a car on Sunday. The motorcyclist was airlifted with a serious leg injury.

Updated May 25

A motorcycle operator was airlifted from the Vineyard after colliding with a car on North Road in Chilmark. The accident occurred at about 1:55 pm Sunday, in the vicinity of 400 North Road.

The accident occured when a 32-year-old West Tisbury man traveling east on North Road on a Kawasaki motorcycle came upon a 62-year-old Chilmark woman in a Nissan Leaf who “emerged from a private way onto North Road,” according to a press release from Chilmark Police Chief Jonathan Klaren: “The Nissan made a left turn toward Menemsha, crossing the path of the motorcycle.” Unable to avoid the collision, the motorcyclist struck the driver’s door of the car, according to the release. 

“The motorcycle’s operator sustained a significant leg injury, and was transported by EMS to Martha’s Vineyard Airport for medical evacuation,” the release states. “The operator of the Nissan was uninjured, and cited for failure to yield right of way.”

Boston Medflight’s chief operating officer, Andy Farkas, said an air transfer was made from the Vineyard on Sunday to Rhode Island Hospital. 

Updated with new information about the accident, and to correct the time Sunday afternoon a response took place.