An Indiana woman was cited by Tisbury police on Friday after she reportedly veered over into the oncoming lane of traffic on the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and collided with a R.M. Packer fuel delivery truck.
Laura Harris, 35, of Indianapolis, Ind., was reportedly driving north towards Vineyard Haven in a Volkswagen Passat when she crossed over the center line and collided with the passenger side of the fuel truck, causing extensive front-end damage to both vehicles. The windshield was blown out of the Volkswagen and the vehicle’s axle was broken.
Neither Ms. Harris nor any of the three passengers in her vehicle — all of whom were young children — suffered serious injuries, police said.
Tisbury police chief John Cashin said Ms. Harris was cited at the scene for a marked land violation.
Police, fire and emergency medical technicians all responded. Ms. Harris and the three children were treated at the scene and declined to be transported to the hospital. The driver of the fuel truck was also uninjured.
Chief Cashin said the adults on both vehicles were wearing seat belts and the children were properly restrained in car seats. Both the front and side air bags on the Volkswagen also deployed, which may have prevented the passengers from receiving serious injuries.
“The vehicle’s safety system worked just it should have; and there is no question that helped prevent more serious injuries . . . plus everyone was wearing seat belts and were properly secured. This could have been much worse,” he said.
Chief Cashin said Ms. Harris told police she could not recall why she crossed over the center line.
In other police news:
Just before midnight on Friday, Edgartown police received a call about a loud party at 41 South Summer street. When officers arrived they found between 10 and 15 revelers and sent them home. A resident of the home was summonsed for keeping a loud and disorderly house, which police said is a violation of the town noise bylaw.
Just after midnight Saturday morning, a resident of Chappaquiddick Road called Edgartown police to complain about loud noise they thought was coming from the Chappaquiddick Beach Club. When officers investigated, they determined the noise was actually coming from the Seafood Shanty on the Edgartown harbor.
Police then spoke with a manager at the restaurant who agreed to close several windows and doors, which resolved the problem.
Around 3 p.m. on Sunday, Edgartown police received a call of a domestic disturbance at 4 Teaberry Lane. Upon arrival, officers learned that Robert McFarland, 35, of Trumbull, Conn., reportedly pushed a female during an altercation. Mr. McFarland was subsequently charged with assault and battery.