Updated March 16
A two-vehicle crash at the Oak Bluffs roundabout sent one motorist to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Friday morning. The person transported appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries, according to Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS Chief Nelson Wirtz.
One person was also arrested at the scene, according to Oak Bluffs Police Acting Lt. Nicholas Curelli. Jasmine Robinson was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, improper operation of a motor vehicle, speeding in violation of a special regulation, property defacement, and a marked lanes violation. At approximately 10:45 am, according to a police report, Oak Bluffs Officer Chris Wiggin was parked near the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena when he learned of multiple reports of an erratic operator driving toward Vineyard Haven on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in a white SUV with Florida plates “that was driving 80-100 mph, honking its horn, and passing numerous vehicles,” according to a report. Wiggins observed a white Hyundai SUV operated by somebody “repeatedly laying on their horn for no apparent reason and tailgating,” a report states.
Wiggins pulled behind the vehicle with lights flashing, and the SUV allegedly “accelerated rapidly and passed other vehicles ahead of it” by the high school, according to a report. Wiggins accelerated to about 60 mph, but a gap still grew between his cruiser and the SUV, according to a report.
“I observed the vehicle braking as it approached the roundabout, and I was able to close to within a few hundred feet,” a report states. “Another vehicle, a white Nissan Rogue … had entered the roundabout a little ways ahead of the suspect … The suspect vehicle entered the roundabout (a posted 15 mph zone) at 30-40 mph and attempted to pass the Nissan on the left, by cutting off a portion of the traffic circle. The roundabout has a single travel lane which surrounds an elevated section comprised of paving stones; intended for use by trucks hauling long trailers at low speeds. This section is on an angle and is not designed for vehicles to drive straight through at high speed. The suspect drove up onto this raised portion during its passing attempt. As the suspect attempted to reenter the travel lane, it collided with the left side of the Nissan. The force of the collision drove both vehicles out of the travel lane and up onto a raised median with high curbing on the west side of the roundabout; where both vehicles came to rest. I arrived a few moments later and stopped in the travel lane just beyond the western egress of the roundabout. I observed that there was air bag deployment in both vehicles, and a debris field in the road.”
The motorist who allegedly caused the crash, Robinson, was taken into custody without issue, according to a report. Wiggins noted he found no signs of drug or alcohol use.
It’s unclear if Robinson has been arraigned.
Updated with information from the police report.