After reviewing the crash report, Barnstable Police Sergeant Thomas Twomey said, “It looks like she was driving too fast.”
The driver allegedly lost control of the car, a 2007 Mercedes, while negotiating a curve in the road. The car hit a tree, a cement staircase and a guard rail, and spun around before coming to a stop at a brick wall in front of a home.
The falling tree may have then hit an NSTAR electric pole because a wire came down and the utility had to be notified, according to dispatcher Jeff Gifford from Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department. Fire officials also helped to remove the tree from the road, he said.
Barnstable police cited the driver of the car, Elizabeth Gralton, 23, of Osterville, with speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stay in marked lanes.
Neither she nor the passenger, Claire Gralton, 19, of Centerville wanted to be transported to the hospital.
The car had to be towed from the scene.