Local woman dies after truck plunges into Kent Narrows
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.
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.