UPDATE FROM THE YARMOUTH POLICE:
INTOXICATED HARWICH MAN CRASHES AND VEHICLE EXPLODES
On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at approximately 1AM, Yarmouth Police Officers responded to the intersection of Buck Island Road and Winslow Gray Road in West Yarmouth for a report of car crashed into a tree.
Patrol Officer Matt Mangano arrived first at the scene and observed a Gray 2006 Ford Escape MA Reg 21J330 in the front yard of 320 Winslow Gray Road. The front end of the vehicle had severe damage and was lodged up against a tree and the horn was continuously sounding due to the damage.
There were bushes in the house next door that the vehicle had drove through and tire tracks from the road leading to the Ford Escape. There also appeared to be small damage to the left bumper of the vehicle in the driveway.
Patrol Officer Mangano observed a male, later identified as Thomas Kendall, standing outside of the vehicle on his phone. He had several injuries to his face and was profusely bleeding from his nose and left eye.
Kendall was trying to gather his things in his vehicle when Officer Mangano noticed that the front right end became engulfed in flames. Officer Mangano grabbed Kendall by the arm and escorted him to safety down the road.
Patrol Officers Andrew Coville, Jeff Rivett, and Patrol Sergeant Neal Donohue arrived on scene.
Patrol Officer Coville notified the occupying residence next door to led her to safety.
Within seconds of Kendall being led to safety, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames and resulted in a small explosion. The explosion managed to do further damage to some of the trees.
Yarmouth Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire and assisted Kendall.
An investigation conducted by Officer Mangano detected Kendall’s speech to be slurred and found the odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.
Kendall admitted to drinking tequila at a bar in Hyannis.
Barnstable Country Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit arrived at the scene for photos and evidence collection services.
Kendall was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Yarmouth Fire Department ambulance.
Eversource was then notified due to damaged utility wires from the crash.
Kendall was admitted to Cape Cod Hospital and will be charged with OUI and several other crimes.
The Yarmouth Police Department notified the Registry of Motor Vehicles and his license will be suspended
The Barnstable Police Department will be notified of the crash and the name of the establishment in Hyannis where he was last served.
Refer To Summons: 19-147-AR
Summons: THOMAS P. KENDALL
Address: OLD CHATHAM RD HARWICH, MA
OPERATING A MV NEGLIGENTLY SO AS TO ENDANGER
MARKED LANES VIOLATION
Photo courtesy of Hyannis News
INITIAL HN COVERAGE:
YARMOUTH – [DEVELOPING] – A driver is very lucky to be alive after his vehicle slammed into trees and burst into flames this morning just prior to 1:00 a.m..
It appears the vehicle may have been traveling at a high rate of speed as it was turning onto Winslow Gray Road from Buck Island Road. The vehicle did not make the turn prior to slamming into a couple of pine trees and bursting into flames.
HN was rolling on video just as firefighters were about to battle the blaze. The driver was fortunately already out of the vehicle and standing with officers a short distance away from the fiery wreckage…
The driver was injured, but injuries did not appear life-threatening. He was eventually transported to Cape Cod Hospital.
Yarmouth Police Officers right away went into investigation mode, requesting a member of the Barnstable Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit to the scene to take photos.
HN spoke with Yarmouth Police Officials right after the crash and learned the investigation is very active and ongoing.
The following HN Video highlights the flames, crash scene, and has brief interviews with a couple of witnesses who heard the loud crash and came out of their homes to see what was going on…