Lo­cal wo­man dies after truck plunges into Kent Nar­rows

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CH­ESTER — A Stevensville wo­man lost her life in the early hours of Sun­day, March 12, after she drove off Wharf Drive, broke through a bulk­head and plunged into Kent Nar­rows, ac­cord­ing to a Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman.

Les­lie Ann Valen­tine, 53, turned onto Wharf Drive from Route 18 near Kent Is­land Yacht Club and kept go­ing, Lt. Dale Pa­trick said.

“She went straight off the end of the bulk­head, into the old rail­road trusses. She might have gone air­borne,” Pa­trick said.

The ac­ci­dent was re­ported about 7:38 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard called 911 to re­port that the older model white Dodge Dakota pickup Valen­tine was driv­ing was par­tially sub­merged in shal­low wa­ter.

The driver’s door was open and it “ap­peared that she got out of the ve­hi­cle. She was out of the truck and in the wa­ter,” Pa­trick said. Valen­tine was pro­nounced dead at the scene, and her body was sent to the Med­i­cal Examiner’s of­fice in Bal­ti­more.

It is be­lieved no other peo­ple were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent. The cause of the ac­ci­dent is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pa­trick said that ac­cess to the yacht club and most of the boat docks was avail­able while of­fi­cers were on the scene.

In ad­di­tion to the Coast Guard, of­fi­cers re­sponded from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, and the Mary­land State Po­lice Ac­ci­dent Re­con­struc­tion Unit.

PHOTO BY DAN TABLER

District Gov. Ben Cas­sell speaks at a din­ner on Feb. 25 hon­or­ing him and his wife, Nanette, at the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post home on Kent Is­land.

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