Updated Dec. 20 at 1:15
Emma Hall, 22, of Oak Bluffs was killed Saturday night in a head-on collision at around 8 pm on Beach Road in Tisbury, according to a state police statement. Zachary Dupon, 25, of Oak Bluffs has been charged with motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, speeding, and marked lanes violation in relation to Hall’s death.
A preliminary investigation by state police indicates Dupon was behind the wheel of a 2002 Nissan SUV traveling southbound on Beach Road, state police spokesman Dave Procopio wrote in a press release. “According to the evidence, Dupon moved into the northbound lane to pass two southbound vehicles that were in front of him. Dupon passed the other vehicles and then, still going south the northbound lane, struck, head-on, a 2010 Volkswagen Beetle that was traveling northbound,” Procopio wrote.
Hall, who was driving the Beetle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two unidentified female passengers — one a teenager and the other a young adult — sustained injuries and were taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. One of them was subsequently transported to a Boston Hospital, the release states.
Dupon sustained minor injuries and was subsequently taken into state police custody. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail at the Dukes County jail and is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Beach Road was closed for much of the night to allow police to investigate the collision. It reopened early Sunday morning. The collision occurred near the R.M. Packer Marine Terminal.
At about 10pm Saturday night, a West Tisbury cruiser had Beach Road cordoned at Five Corners. Other police vehicles blocked the road from Oak Bluffs. Tisbury cruisers protected the crash site for investigation.
Dupon’s SUV was on its roof with a crushed front end, at least two doors open, glass blown out of several windows, and interior contents and crash debris spread around it. The Volkswagen, which was located closer the Lagoon Pond Bridge on the opposite side, appeared upright and appeared too damaged to see clearly. Tisbury Police announced Sunday the road reopening in a 3:21 am Facebook post.