Victim of 4th of July Crash Dies

21-year-old New Hampshire woman died Saturday after being critically injured in Barnes Road car accident on July 4th

According to the Vineyard Gazette, Heather Laflamme, the 21-year-old woman from Berlin, N.H. died Saturday at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston. Laflamme sustained injuries when she was ejected from the backseat of a 2012 Jeep that crashed with a black 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan. The near the entrance to the Airport Mobil station on Barnes Road.

Of the four occupants of the Jeep, three were flown off Island by helicopter to Boston area hospitals. Seth Jones, 26, and Margaret Jones, 51, both of Dummer, N.H. were both flown to Boston and admitted to Beth Israel with serious injuries. The Gazette reported “Mr. Jones was reported in critical condition on Monday, while Mrs. Jones was reported in good condition.”

The Jeep’s driver, Thomas C. Jones, 51, of Dummer, N.H., was transported by ambulance to with serious injuries and the driver of the Tiguan, 19-year-old Benjamin T. Johnson of Cambridge, MA was treated and released from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Potential factors of the cause of the accident are still under investigation. Some being looked into 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 and are also looking into whether criminal charges are warranted.

Ashley Gilbert July 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM
God bless everyone involved in this. Prayers go out to you all, and your loved ones.
cas July 13, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I was at the VIneyard near the road when this happened. It could have been my family that was hit by thisl oss and tragedy. I pray that the families and I hope that the rest of the injured a recovery. Why do people feel the need to blame victims and try to come up with what happened when they were not there? Do you think this helps these poor devestated families?
JamieW July 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
90 miles an hour, 45 miles an hour, legal u-turn, illegal u-turn.... Doesn't matter... If seatelts were worn, this message board wouldn't exist. Out of respect for the families and victims of this tragic accident, BUCKLE UP!
BC July 27, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Agreed on the seatbelt issue, I see it all the time, people riding in Jeeps not wearing their seltbelts. They want to ride wild and free like nothing will ever happen to them. You will be thrown from your car if you don't wear a seat belt! So tragic.
JC Louis August 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
JCL In my thirty years visiting the Vineyard, this is certainly the saddest event in my memory. Deepest condolences to all the families.


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