Va. Man, 51, Dies When Skiff Crashes into Barge

A Chesapeake, Va. man has died after a boat crash on the Elizabeth River.

Virginia Marine Police say 51-year-old Jack Dolton Edwards Jr. was driving a 14-foot Carolina Skiff around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening when it crashed into an anchored barge near the Veterans Bridge, which carries Rt. 17/Dominion Blvd. over the Elizabeth River.

Marine Police Chief Matthew Rogers says it was relatively dark out when the accident happened, and there were no notable weather conditions to report.

A good Samaritan who was close by happened to see the crash and tried to save the boater, police say, pulling Edwards to a safe location and performing CPR. In the end, Edwards was unable to be revived.

As for what caused Edwards to hit the anchored barge, time will tell. “The ultimate determination of cause of the accident will hinge on the medical examiner’s report,” Chief Rogers tells Bay Bulletin.

We will bring you any new details we learn in this case.

-Meg Walburn Viviano