One dead, one injured in O.B. crash

One person is dead and one has 'significant injuries' after an early morning crash in Oak Bluffs. — Google Maps

A crash at the curve of New York and Temahigan Avenues in Oak Bluffs left one person dead and another injured early Wednesday morning. Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS Chief Nelson Wirtz said the crash occurred at about 12:50 am, and left a Pontiac Grand Am “virtually destroyed” in the yard of a Crystal Lake Road home. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to extract the two people in the car, Chief Wirtz said.

“One was deceased on scene,” Wirtz said, and another was taken to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital with “significant injuries,” and subsequently airlifted. 

The car was crumpled, with significant intrusion into the passenger’s side, and a collapsed dashboard, Wirtz said. Fire personnel remained on scene until almost 4 am, he said. Oak Bluffs Police, Massachusetts State Police, and Tisbury EMS also responded to the crash. 

In the next 72 hours, Oak Bluffs firefighters and EMS personnel will be among those who will undergo a critical incident stress debrief to help process their experience, Wirtz said. 

Oak Bluffs Police Chief Jonathan Searle told The Times speed appears to have been a factor in the crash — the operator “failed to negotiate the corner.” Chief Searle said it was the driver who died. Both people in the car were male, and won’t be identified until next of kin are informed of what happened, Searle said. The Massachusetts State Police have taken over the investigation, Searle said. His officers, along with dispatchers, doctors, and nurses, will also attend the debrief, he said. 



  1. One day into summer and we’re already seeing a fatal car crash. This doesn’t bode well for the summer of ‘22, does it?

  2. Doesn’t seem to bode well for those young men, late at night, who choose to speed excessively beyond safe road conditions.
    Summer may be going fine, it seems more of a young men-irresponsible driving problem, which seems to be timeless, no matter what the season.

  3. the town should have purchased that corner lot when available and taken an enormous edge off that horrible corner. this was tragic but that corner is bad bad

  4. Had nothing to do with the corner. I bet a million cars have gone around it, some even with snow on the road, very thankful he didn’t kill more people. Cars don’t fly well.

  5. My condolences to the families.

    When I was young, I drove at insane speeds. I was invincible. Two of my equally invincible friends wound up dying in separate accidents. It dawned on me , and some of my other friends that perhaps we were not as invincible as we thought. We all kind of realized that we didn’t need to impress each other, and we slowed down.
    I am of course presuming that these people were/are young, which makes it all the more tragic.
    I knew K.J. and Debo. Their deaths impacted the community, and I am sure many of their friends felt the same thing I did years ago while standing at a gravesite.
    The Vineyard community, and particularly their families used that tragedy as an opportunity to raise awareness , particularly about seat belt use. I knew many people in their age group who developed the habit of buckling up.
    I can only hope that something positive can come out of this incident.


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