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.

Bloodyrue Andrue July 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Failure to yield right of way. Get the big picture- If possible, when you need to do a U-Turn, pick a safe road to do it on rather than a major 45mph road with 0 shoulder. Make sure they can see you. Be aware of other vehicles on the road or around you that need to know you are there and that they can see you. My condolences to the family, but I know this accident had many other ways to be avoided. God bless both and all families involved.
Morgbb July 10, 2012 at 01:13 PM
So sad
downislandgirl July 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Jones and LaFlamme families.
Kristin Schatz July 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I know the Jones family and am thinking and prying for them. Heather LaFlamme was a very well known girl, known for only being a great person, beautiful inside and out! My condolences to the family of Heather and all that knew her. I really hope Seth makes it through this with a FULL recovery. To Tom and Peggy also. I cant imagine what these families are going through! :( Praying for you all, The Schatz, Perry and Bergeron Families.
Alec jones July 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
This is too bloodyrue andrue, I'm not here to get into a pissing contest with you. My father has been an class A DL certified truck driver for 25the years over a million miles driven without an accident. The driver of the VW was doing at LEAST 90mphyou in a 45. You tell me who is at fault here?
Alec jones July 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
CDL** certified
JM July 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I think that your estimate of "at least 90 mph" is nothing more than an attempt to frame the accident as the fault of the VW driver. The accident investigators Have a scientific way to calculate the speed. Pray for the families and. Let the police do their job.
Jessica July 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
This is for Alec jones. So sorry to hear about your loss. My mom has lived on the island for over 30 years. I lived there for a year after I got my license and I do have to say.. the roads on MV need to be monitored alot more closely for people who break the law. I have traveled Barnes Rd many times and the speed of some of the cars is rediculous!!
Alec jones July 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I was at the accident, I saw this kid in the VW who was doing AT LEAST 90mph he passed us seconds before crashing into my parents vehicle. Were you at the accident? Did you see it happen? Would my family be in this bad of shape if he was doing 45 mph which is the speed limit. Would the vehicle have rolled as violently as it did toward the tree line, ejecting my brother and his girlfriend if he was doing the speed limit. Keep this in mind I was there, I saw the whole thing. This Benjamin T. Johnson kid driving the VW was doing AT LEAST 90 mph....
Bloodyrue Andrue July 11, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Sad that 90mph may be a possibility. I have seen utter nutcases pass me, while doing 45mph on that road. Some nearly colliding with head on traffic coming the other way. From the other direction (the start of the road at EDG/WT road) a truck one time passed me in the no passing zone and the other cars coming the other way were forced off the road. I have also seen people passing mopeds in the no pass zone and nearly collide. When I was a kid, there was a mark on the road near EDG/WT road indicating 1/4 mile for those that wanted to drag race. I think someone was clocked at 110mph by the police about 2 years ago there also. That is definitely a speed demon's road du jour.
Alec jones July 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I agree with you..after the accident I was talking with the state police and man on a pedal bike came up to us and said a few seconds or minutes before the accident there was a white BMW flying down the road and I think they may have been drag racing. But I feel there should be a traffic circle placed somewhere within that 1/4 mile too slow the traffic down, and potentially save lives.
JM July 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The wrangler driver has some issues to explain also. If there was speed, it was not the only problem.
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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