Updated Nov. 30
A two-vehicle accident Monday at the intersection of Edgartown–West Tisbury Road and Barnes Road in Edgartown sent three people to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with injuries, Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee told The Times in an email.
When The Times arrived on scene, a Toyota Tundra with a dent in its side was on a tow truck, and a Subaru Tribeca was rolled over on its side, off the road. The crash backed up traffic in each direction.
Edgartown Fire, EMS, and Police were dispatched to the scene. State Police were also on the scene directing traffic.
The Tundra, operated by Max Celeste, received “extensive damage” to the driver-side front of the vehicle.
When police arrived on scene, a juvenile who was a passenger in the Subaru, operated by Tina Polleys, was outside the car, while Polleys was trapped in the driver’s seat, and had to be freed by mechanical means by fire department personnel.
According to a witness in the police report who was driving behind the Subaru, the Subaru appeared to be intending to turn left onto West Tisbury Road while the Toyota was traveling in the westbound lane and nearing Barnes Road.
“As the Toyota entered the intersection, the Subaru suddenly accelerated and attempted to navigate a left-hand turn. The Toyota was unable to stop in time, and the driver-side front of the Toyota struck the Subaru in the driver-side door area. The impact caused the Subaru to roll over on the roadway, and ended up resting on its driver side on the shoulder of the eastbound lane,” the report states.
The witness told police the Toyota appeared to be traveling at an appropriate speed, and the operator had no chance of stopping in time to avoid a collision.
Celeste told police he saw the Subaru stopped in the left-turn lane, and assumed the operator saw him coming.
“Celeste stated that as soon as he entered the intersection, the Subaru suddenly accelerated and pulled in front of him. Celeste said he attempted to quickly turn and brake to avoid the crash, but was unable to,” the report states.
Police were unable to get a full statement from Polleys, who was undergoing treatment at the hospital, but she told police, “I never saw him coming,” according to the report.
After speaking with both parties, police charged Polleys with negligent operation and failure to yield to approaching motor vehicles. Polleys was also charged with unlicensed operation after a status check showed her license expired.
In a follow-up email to The Times, McNamee said there have been 27 motor vehicle accidents at the Barnes Road/Edgartown–West Tisbury Road intersection in the past five years.
Updated to include comments from McNamee and information from police report. — Ed.