Updated 5 pm
A moped was involved in a crash with a Lexus SUV in Chilmark on South Road near the intersection of Stonewood Lane Saturday afternoon. The crash left a 20-year-old woman dead and a 20-year-old man injured, according to a release from the Chilmark Police Department. The roadway was closed at Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury and at another point in Chilmark while police, firefighters, and ambulance personnel dealt with the scene. Martha’s Vineyard Commissioner Ben Robinson told The Times he witnessed the accident. Robinson said he was driving on South Road, headed down-Island and saw two mopeds approaching a car right in front of his. One moped was close to the centerline, he noted.
“Both the moped and the car were close to the yellow line and the moped made contact with the car on its left front side and both passengers — the driver and the passenger of the moped — were thrown off. I immediately stopped my car and jumped out. You could tell the moped driver was conscious, moving, and then the other wasn’t. So I rushed to try to aid her.”
Robinson described the people on the moped as a young man and a woman. He said the woman was thrown “a good distance.” Both the man and woman appeared badly hurt, Robinson said. Robinson said he saw helmets at the scene, but he couldn’t recall if the people on the moped had been wearing them.
Robinson said a firefighter or EMT was in nearby traffic and immediately rendered aid and mustered help. Robinson also said someone who he described as a California ER doctor was also in nearby traffic and went to work on the male moped operator. Despite a series of heroic efforts, Robinson said paramedics were unable to revive the woman.
The man was airlifted to a Rhode Island hospital while the woman was taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital by ambulance and pronounced dead, according to a release.
When a Times reporter arrived on the scene, debris remained on the roadway and the moped and Lexus had yet to be removed. Some residents who lived near to the accident scene were allowed past the cordon to get to their homes. After being closed for about two hours, South Road reopened just after 2:30 pm.
The Massachusetts State Police are investigating the accident, according to a release.