The driver of a moped was killed Wednesday afternoon in an accident on State Road involving a moped and a truck. The accident took place two days before the Fourth of July holiday as the Island was beginning to fill with people and traffic.
Chilmark police said Alexandro Garcia, 22, of Springfield died Wednesday afternoon when the moped he was driving collided with a pickup truck.
The initial investigation showed that Mr. Garcia lost control of the moped on the right shoulder of State Road and attempted to regain control, according to a press release from Chilmark police. He then drove into the oncoming lane of traffic where he collided with a Toyota pickup truck driven by Jonathan Rich of Chilmark.
Chilmark police chief Brian Cioffi told the Gazette Thursday that Mr. Rich had turned onto the road from the Grey Barn and Farm. There were two passengers in his pickup truck.
The press release said that when the first units arrived on the scene, they found Mr. Garcia lying in the road. Police said it was determined that Mr. Garcia had died from his injuries.
Police said no other operators were involved and no charges are expected to be filed. There were no other injuries in the incident, police said.
Mr. Garcia was an employee of Sun ’n’ Fun moped rentals in Oak Bluffs. Wednesday was his day off, and he was traveling by himself, police said.
The incident took place at about 12:30 p.m. A long stretch of State Road from the Grange Hall in West Tisbury to the Chilmark Community Center was closed for about six hours following the accident, and state police accident reconstruction experts visited the scene.
Aquinnah, West Tisbury and state police assisted at the scene of the accident.
Tri-Town ambulance, West Tisbury fire and rescue and the Chilmark fire department also responded. “It’s a sad, tragic, horrible accident,” Chief Cioffi said. “Obviously my heart goes out to the families. This is going to affect a lot of people for a long time. It’s just sad.”