The Massachusetts State Police released a statement today regarding on Barnes Road that required three victims to be flown to Boston Hospitals by medical helicopter. The police are looking into whether criminal charges are warranted.
The victims of the crash have been identified as follows:
Heather LaFlamme, 21, of Berlin, N.H., remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Ms. LaFlamme was a rear seat passenger in 2012 Jeep Wrangler that was broadsided by the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan.
The other rear seat passenger in the Jeep, Seth Jones, 26, of Dummer, N.H., remains at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with serious injuries.
The Jeep’s front seat passenger, Margaret Jones, 51, also of Dummer, N.H., also remains at Beth Israel with serious injuries.
LaFlamme, Mr. Jones, and Mrs. Jones were all transported from the Island by medical helicopter following the 2 pm crash.
The Jeep’s driver, Thomas C. Jones, 51, of Dummer, N.H., was transported by ambulance to with serious injuries.
The operator of the Tiguan sport utility vehicle, Benjamin T. Johnson, 19, of Cambridge, was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for evaluation of possible injuries. He has been released.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the Jeep – a model that has its steering wheel on the right side – was travelling southbound on the Barnes Road Extension when it pulled onto the right shoulder of the road. The Jeep then began to turn left, entering into an apparent U-turn. At that time, it was broadsided by the front of the Tiguan, which was also travelling southbound on the Barnes Road Extension. The collision caused the Jeep to roll over and the Tiguan to veer off the left side of the road.
The facts and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by troopers from the State Police Barracks in Oak Bluffs, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Among the potential factors under investigation are the speed of the Tiguan, and whether the right-side placement of the Jeep’s steering wheel affected the driver’s vision in taking a U-turn to his left. No determination has yet been made as to whether these factors contributed to the crash. Police continue to analyze physical evidence and witness statements.
No further information is being released at this time. Please note yesterday’s press release incorrectly named the model of the VW as a Taureg. The correct model is the Tiguan.