Natural Resources Police recover a white center-console at the Cape St. Claire boat ramp two days after launching the search for a hit-and-run boater who fatally injured a Pasadena, Md. woman. Photo: Matthew Greenhouse

Woman, 63, Dies in Hit & Run Crash at Mouth of Magothy River

A dangerous hit and run boat crash has turned devastating, as police confirm a 63-year-old woman has passed away from the injuries she suffered. Two days after the crash, police located the suspected striking vessel.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) say the operator of a white center-console, estimated around 25 feet, caused a collision while entering the Magothy River, in the six-knot channel zone at the mouth on Sunday night.

The center-console ran into a Wellcraft powerboat carrying a husband and wife. NRP says the striking boat then fled the scene and went into Deep Creek in Cape St. Claire. It happened between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. July 3.

The female boater on the Wellcraft suffered injuries that she later succumbed to. NRP tells Bay Bulletin on Tuesday afternoon that the wife, 63-year-old Laura Slattery of Pasadena, has died.

The collision also caused damage to the Wellcraft.

On Tuesday evening NRP hauled a white center-console from the water at Cape St. Claire boat ramp on Deep Creek. Police spokesperson Lauren Moses confirmed a vessel was recovered in this case. NRP has not publicly named a suspect yet.

Anyone with information in the ongoing investigation should call NRP at 410-260-8888.

-Meg Walburn Viviano