The Falmouth police and fire departments responded to several weekend car crashes that sent one driver to a trauma center and caused a power outage, road closures and property damage.
An East Falmouth man was seriously injured when he drove his car into a large pine tree on Sunday, April 18, at 12:16 AM. Falmouth Deputy Fire Chief Scott Thrasher said the car, which had suffered heavy front-end damage, was found deep in the woods off Brick Kiln Road near Fire Tower Road. Crews used the Jaws of Life to remove 22-year-old Joseph W. Santos from the vehicle. Fire department personnel called for a MedFlight, but the poor weather conditions had grounded the helicopters, Deputy Chief Thrasher said. The driver was transported to Falmouth Hospital with multiple traumatic injuries and later flown to a trauma center, he said.
According to the police report, Mr. Santos was driving between 70 and 80 miles per hour when he left the road and hit the tree. It is also believed that alcohol was a contributing factor, the report said. Charges, including drunken driving, negligent operation, speeding and marked lanes violation, are pending.
The tree Mr. Santos struck with his car toppled into the road. Crews used chainsaws to clean up and re-open the road.
In other incidents, the driver of a white Jeep Cherokee struck a utility pole on Sandwich Road and fled the scene at 5:30 AM on Sunday. The man, Eric M. Springer, 30, of Mashpee, was taken to the hospital and charged with several motor vehicle violations.
When police arrived the SUV was unoccupied, but witnesses reported seeing a disheveled man walking near the scene of the crash. There was blood on the driver’s-side airbag, according to the police report. Mashpee police helped identify the driver and a canine tracked Mr. Springer to his home. He denied getting into an accident; however, his injuries were consistent with the crash, the report said. He refused treatment from Mashpee medics but his mother later brought him to the hospital for treatment.
Mr. Springer is charged with leaving the scene, negligent operation, marked lanes violation, no seatbelt and speeding. Police estimate he was traveling more than 70 mph.
Later on Sunday, damage was done to The Black Dog Heights Café on Grand Avenue after a driver crashed through the parking lot fence. Police responded at 1:37 PM and found a 71-year-old Waquoit woman had driven into the fence, over a bulkhead and through an outdoor shower of a neighboring house with her BMW SUV, the police report said.
The woman said the vehicle was new and she had made a mistake, according to police. There were no reported injuries. The Falmouth building inspector will investigate the integrity of the structures.
During Saturday’s rainstorm, a woman crashed her Subaru Forester into a utility pole on Waquoit Highway near the Waquoit Congregational Church just before 5 AM. Police said the car hydroplaned, slid off the road and severed the pole on impact. The vehicle’s two occupants were uninjured. Police and the department of public works set up a detour that lasted most of Saturday while Eversource replaced the pole.