UPDATE: Investigation Continues Into July 4th Crash

Three victims of yesterday's crash remain in serious condition, right-side placement of steering wheel may be factor

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.

Alec jones July 10, 2012 at 05:37 PM
My name is Alec jones. My mother, father, my oldest brother and his girlfriend were in the jeep. I was behind them with my aunt and uncle. I witnessed the whole accident. The speed of the VW taureg is absolutely the contributing factor in the accident. He had passed us seconds before the accident catching my eyeaunt and alsoI my aunt and uncles attention by how fast he was going. We were all like "holy sh**" that guy is flying and as my aunt just got done saying "he needs too slow" that's when we seen the VW hit my parents vehicle. The vehicle proceeded to roll violently towards the tree line. If this man who was driving the VW had been obeying the law and doing the speed limit there may have been an accident but not nearly as serious as it is. My father served 20 years in the United States Army and a tour overseas to Iraq, my oldest brother Seth served 8 years in the United States Marine Corecore and has three tours overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan. We were going to see my fathers and brothers name on the Veteran wall on the vineyard. That all severly changed for the worst when an inexperienced kid behind the wheel thinking he was having "fun" changed my life forever.
JM July 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Sorry for your loss. Thank you for your service. Let the police finish their investigation, there were a number of factors that contributed to the death of the very young woman. Calling the driver inexperienced and a speeder will not help anyone. There were two drivers in the accident.
Julie McLain July 11, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Alec, we all love your family and know what an AMAZINGLY close family you all are. I know you are hurting right now, and know your first instinct is to lash out. That is to be expected...but dont let yourself get sucked into all this media crap. You know the truth and those of us who love your family are behind you all. As hard as it is let the police deal with all this crap and save your strength for your family. Stay strong, Love ya bud.


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