UPDATE: Two Dead and One Injured in Car Accident on Property Once Owned by Jacqueline Kennedy

Judith Morse, of West Tisbury, and another woman were killed, while another sustained minor injuries in an accident this afternoon on the Kennedy property in Aquinnah

Two women were killed, and another injured in a car accident this afternoon at Red Gate Farm, the Kennedy family estate, in Aquinnah.

A preliminary investigation by State Police Sgt. Thomas Medeiros into the double motor vehicle fatality on the private property, where a third victim suffered minor injuries, indicates that Judith Morse, 70, of West Tisbury, was backing her 2000 Land Cruiser down a private driveway when she struck a tree. She then attempted to drive forward when the vehicle struck an electrical box, a porch attached to a garage, and then traveled up a hill striking a tree head on.

According to Medeiros, investigators aren’t sure exactly what happened, but the driver was first disorientated by hitting the electrical box and then the porch.

“At some point the air bags deployed and that confused her more,” Medeiros said. “They then headed straight up the hill and hit the biggest tree on that hill head on.”

Both the driver and the second victim, Susan Lombard, 69, of Lyman, NH were killed in the crash. The rear seat passenger Susan Papanicolaou, 68, from Minneapolis, received minor injuries.

When Mederious arrived on the scene Papanicolaou was attempting to administer CPR to the other victims, he said.

Albert Fischer, the caretaker for the estate, realized there was a car on the private property and when he turned around, it had disappeared, Mederious said. Fischer then drove out to Moshup’s Trail to see if he could find it.

“When he saw that the car wasn’t on Moshup’s, he realized it had to still be on the property. That’s when he went back and saw the SUV crashed into the tree.”

Mederious said that the women did not have permission to be on the property.

“They probably figured, it being March and a quiet time of year, they could just go down there to poke around. There was no mal intent on their being down there.”

All three female occupants of the vehicle were transported to . Morse and Lombard were pronounced deceased.

The incident remains under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

YGA March 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
People, two women, Mothers, Sisters, Wife's and Friends lost their lifes. Small island, big city...doesn't matter if you loved these woman. I know someone who did.
Christine E. March 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Maggie, Apparently you fail to recognize that America Online (AOL) is the parent company of Patch.com, and therefore their separate news-source headlines link you to Patch.com sites. Perhaps they shouldn't do that if they want to reserve commenting strictly to locals.
HotTinRoof March 29, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Let's face it, the Vineyard has always been a sort of sheltered work shop, especially up island. This is more tragic than usual but not entirely shocking for anyone with extensive experience with the island. I mean where else would someone get killed in a big truck with air bags on a driveway? It's just a very Vineyard story and the reason it's national news, other than the Kennedy name, is that the Vineyard has this unfortunate (and not entirely fair) reputation as a place for sort of useless out of touch liberals, so there's a zeal for stories about the people there doing something really dumb. I mean two people dead from the effects of turning around in a driveway? You just don't see that everywhere. Look for stories of it happening in other places.
ALISA ROMAN March 29, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Someone once said, that {All news is Local}...The death toll this year for woman, on the Island is extremely high...Tragically so...I find that the comments of the men seem much more compasionate...Karma...speaks volumes....R.I.P.
Sue Dawson March 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Please keep your insensitivity to yourself. People are grieving the loss of two women, one of whom was a year-round islander with lots of family here. Let them grieve in peace.


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