Elk River Nighttime Accident on Bowrider Costs Woman Her Life

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating a boating crash that happened Wednesday, July 6, and left a 39-year-old woman dead.

The call came at 10 p.m. on the Elk River in Cecil County, Md., in the area of Turkey Point. Officers say a 21-foot bowrider powerboat with three people on board had hit a channel marker. Kara McCarthy, 39, from Oxford, Penn., was severely injured in the crash. She later passed away at a local medical center.

The other two boaters suffered minor injuries and were treated.

The tragedy comes just three nights after another nighttime boat crash, this one a two-boat collision at the mouth of the Magothy River, which claimed the life of a 63-year-old woman. In that instance the striking vessel left the scene and was believed to have fled into Deep Creek.

In the Elk River incident, the vessel was towed away and police say the investigation is ongoing.

Bay Bulletin will bring you any updates released in this case.

-Meg Walburn Viviano