A bus driver has been cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk following an accident at Five Corners Monday morning in Vineyard Haven, according to Tisbury Police.
At about 5:30 am, video shows, a VTA bus turning from Beach Street to Water Street struck a person, launching the individual several feet across the asphalt.
The bus driver’s name is Jordan Maldonado Alvares, according to Tisbury Police. Tisbury Police Lt. Bill Brigham said the pedestrian was taken away by ambulance. The Times was later able to identify the pedestrian struck as Skip Bailey. Bailey, who is from Vineyard Haven, is well known at the Agricultural Fair as a vintage tractor enthusiast. Except to say her husband was injured, and hopefully on track to mend, Bailey’s wife Carol declined comment, pending consultation with a lawyer.
Lt. Brigham said there may have been mitigating circumstances to what occurred. He said the driver told police he had eyes on another pedestrian across Five Corners who was looking at his phone and that it was while the driver was keeping track of that individual that the pedestrian was struck.
A video on gomv.com, which has a webcam fixed on the intersection, shows an individual crossing Beach Road toward Martha’s Bike Rental & Sales with what appeared to be a cell phone in hand. After the bus struck the pedestrian, that person hurried back across the street toward the injured person.
VTA administrator Angie Gompert told The Times in a brief email that she was still learning about the incident. Gompert wrote that the driver was “shaken up”; however, his concern and the VTA’s concern “is for the pedestrian he accidentally struck while crossing the street.”