State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Oak Bluffs

At 12:49 a.m. today Troopers from the State Police-Oak Bluffs Barracks on Martha’s Vineyard and local police officers responded to a single-vehicle crash in Oak Bluffs that resulted in the death of the operator and serious injuries to the passenger.

The crash, involving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am occupied by two males, occurred on New York Avenue in the area of East Chop Drive and Temahigan Avenue. Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver failed to negotiate a turn, went off the road, struck a guardrail, and entered a yard, where the car struck two trees.

The driver was determined to be deceased on scene. He is identified as Micah P. Anderson, 28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The passenger, a 46-year-old Spencer man, was transported by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and from there, by medical helicopter, to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He suffered serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation suggests excessive speed was a factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by State Police-Oak Bluffs with the assistance of Oak Bluffs Police, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The scene was cleared at 4:30 a.m.