Breaking News: Thursday, July 3 Noon - Accident at Five Corners Snarls Traffic

A taxi owned by Adam Cab crashed into a utility pole on Lagoon Pond Road across from the Tisbury post office early Thursday morning, snarling traffic at the Five Corners intersection for several hours on one of the busiest days of the year. The accident occurred around 7 a.m., just as the early morning boats were arriving to deliver throngs of visitors and seasonal residents for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Herring Creek Speeding Crash Leads to Hospital

A Maine resident was seriously injured Saturday after he drove his vehicle off Herring Creek Road at high speed and flipped twice before coming to rest in a field near South Beach.

Dustin Gilbert, 22, of Lewiston, Me., was transported by ambulance to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to be treated for head and neck injuries. Edgartown police Sgt. Kenneth Johnson said Mr. Gilbert will be charged with negligent operation, speeding and a marked lanes violation.

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Island Car Accidents Occupy Police
Jim Hickey

Island police broke up several loud parties, made a number of arrests and responded to a high number of motor vehicle accidents over the weekend.


Edgartown police responded to 96 calls for service from early Friday morning through late Sunday.

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No Injuries in Christmas Collision

An Edgartown woman was issued a citation following a two-vehicle collision on Christmas day at the intersection of Old County and State Roads in West Tisbury.

Police said the accident caused major front end damage to both vehicles but no injuries to either driver.

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Two Crash Victims Remain in Hospital
Sara Brown

More than a week after a two-car accident on the Fourth of July that proved fatal, two people involved in the accident remain in Boston hospitals.

Seth Jones, 26, of Dummer, N.H., was listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston on Thursday, a hospital spokesman said. His mother, Margaret Jones, 51, was listed in good condition.

On Saturday, Mr. Jones’ girlfriend, Heather L. Laflamme, 21, died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after she was critically injured in the car accident on Barnes Road.

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Fourth of July Crash Claims One Life; Another Remains Critically Injured
Sara Brown

A 21-year-old New Hampshire woman has died and a 26-year-old New Hampshire man remained in critical condition in a Boston hospital Monday afternoon following a Fourth of July car accident on the Vineyard last week that left five people injured, three critically. A stunned family member who was at the scene but not involved in the accident described the tragedy to the Gazette, noting that they had come to the Island every summer.

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Life-Saving Fisherman Honored Following Car Crash at Big Bridge
Mark Alan Lovewell

Robert (Hawkeye) Jacobs, 64, of Oak Bluffs received a hero’s greeting from a few of his friends at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Jacobs was honored for saving the life of a 22-year-old woman who was driving a car that went off the Big Bridge in Oak Bluffs in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Mr. Jacobs was presented with his first Vineyard cell phone at derby headquarters, on the Edgartown waterfront as he posed for pictures with representatives from the derby, state police and Edgartown police.

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