Two people were hospitalized Sunday evening following an apparent hit-and-run crash that began on Old South Road, and ended on Milestone where one of the vehicles involved which is believed to have fled the scene of the accident was located.
The Nantucket Police, Nantucket Fire, and Massachusetts State Police raced to the area of Old South Road near Pine Crest Way just after 7 p.m. for the report of a single motor vehicle accident.
Upon arrival, heavy rescue was immediately called for, and the individual driving a silver vehicle was transported to Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The accident caused heavy traffic congestion and a road closure in the area of the incident. The car's front end was heavily damaged.
But that was just the beginning of the incident.
Several minutes after the first individual was transported to the hospital , Nantucket Police and Massachusetts State Police tracked down a second vehicle on Milestone Road just past Russell’s Way. The Chevy Colorado truck with Washington plates was heavily damaged on the front, indicating it may have also been involved in the accident on Old South Road.
The operator of the vehicle was later identified as Robert Curvelo Campos, a 35 year old man who was arraigned in Nantucket District Court Monday morning on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, failure to stop/yield, and a marked lanes violation. He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf and is scheduled to return to court Aug. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
Passerbys and pedestrians who were in the area of the route taken by the truck from Old South Road to Milestone Road told the Current that the truck was fleeing the scene - nearly hitting pedestrians along the way. The operator of the truck was also transported by ambulance to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
There was a dog inside of the truck and the Current has been told that it is being taken to NiSHA. The dog appeared to be okay and in good spirits, as it stuck its head out the window with its tongue out as police searched the heavily damaged vehicle.
There are no further details at this time. More photos from each of the two scenes below. Stay tuned for information as it becomes available.