Island teenager dies in West Tisbury crash

A memorial for a Island teenager that died in a car crash Tuesday evening - MV Times

Updated, Nov. 15

An Island teenager involved in a single-car crash in West Tisbury Tuesday evening has been pronounced dead, local officials say.

On Wednesday afternoon, police identified the driver as Waylon Sauer of West Tisbury. He was a junior at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The West Tisbury Police Department, Fire Department, and Tri-Town EMS were dispatched to State Road in the area of Lambert’s Cove Road Tuesday evening at approximately 10:38 pm for a single-car accident, a statement from West Tisbury Police Department says.

The 17-year-old driver was killed when he drove off the roadway and collided with a tree, the release states.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash. No passengers were in the vehicle. There are no criminal charges or nefarious circumstances associated with Tuesday’s death.

As news of Sauer’s tragic death spread Wednesday, high school friends and supporters of his family began adding to what has become an impromptu memorial site, adorned with flowers and messages, outside 7a Foods in West Tisbury — an establishment owned by Waylon’s family.


  1. To Waylon’s family, I just heard of this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. There are no words for such an experience. I offer my heartfelt sympathy. Love, Anna Alley

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