Driver cited in Tisbury pole crash


Updated 9/13

A motorist who struck a utility pole Saturday on State Road in Tisbury, breaking it in two places, has been cited by Tisbury Police for a marked lanes violation. Tisbury Police Chief Chris Habekost identified the motorist as Grace Kenney of West Tisbury. Chief Habekost told The Times officers evaluated Kenney and found no evidence she had been drinking and driving. In a follow-up email, Chief Habekost wrote, “It appears that she was distracted by takeout food on her passenger seat.”

Kenney suffered minor injuries in the crash, and was taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital by ambulance. 

The damage completely closed State Road between Lower Lambert’s Cove Road and the Scottish Bakehouse for more than five hours, as Eversource crews worked to replace the pole and reset electrical lines. Tisbury and West Tisbury Police turned back traffic at the Scottish Bakehouse and diverted it at Lower Lambert’s Cove Road. Eversource crews began winding down work by 11:30 pm, with a single lane open to traffic at that point. Electric service wasn’t affected by the damage, Eversource spokesman Christopher McKinnon wrote.

State Road was closed again the next day following another utility pole incident. On Sunday at around 1 pm, a tree branch brought down wires near State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury, according to an eyewitness. Traffic was diverted through the restaurant parking lot.

West Tisbury Chief Matt Mincone confirmed that a tree branch came down near the intersection of State and North Road. The tree branch broke a nearby utility pole, and brought down wires with it, he said. It was reported at 12:30 pm. Crews from MassDOT and Eversource were called in, according to the chief. 

“Windy conditions”  brought down tree limbs onto electric lines, McKinnon wrote.  “Approximately 830 customers were affected and nearly half were restored within the first minute using smart switch technology, while crews worked as quickly as possible to make sure the area was safe before making repairs and restoring power to all customers within 35 minutes.”

Updated with new information. 


  1. So, was the “distracting take out food” brought into evidence?
    Because if it was a delicious Turkey Gobbler sandwich , staring you right in the face on the passenger seat, that might just enough of an excuse for a dismissal of charges .

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