Maryland woman suffers broken leg as car rolls into canal

Date Published: 
Aug. 4, 2017.

A 76-year-old Stevensville, Md., woman suffered a broken leg on Sunday, July 30, when the car she had been driving rolled over her leg as it crashed into a canal at Treasure Beach Campground.

The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, as the woman was parking her 2008 Toyota Camry near Cove 23, east of Pirates Trail in Treasure Beach Campground, west of Fenwick Island, according to Delaware State Police spokesperson MCpl. Gary Fournier.

As the driver and her 60-year-old male passenger from Glen Burnie, Md., got out of the vehicle — which police said she thought was in parking gear — the vehicle begin to forward. The driver tried to get back into the vehicle to press the brake, Fournier said, but she fell to the ground and the car ran over her leg.

The car continued to travel through a yard, toward a canal, where it struck an unoccupied pontoon boat docked in the canal. After colliding with the boat, Fournier said, the Camry completely left the dock and entered the water, where it then floated to the center of the canal, filled with water and sank to the bottom.

The driver was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., where she was treated for her non-life-threatening injury. She was cited by Delaware State Police for careless driving, Fournier said. State police are not releasing the names of the driver or the passenger, Fournier said.

He noted that her passenger also tried halting the vehicle by holding a door, but was unable to bring it to a stop. He was uninjured in the incident.

In addition to Delaware State Police, responders to the incident included the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company, along with its marine unit, Sussex County EMS and the state Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control. Fire department crews remained on the scene for about three hours, assisting state police, DNREC, a Tow Boat US diver and Grays Towing.

The vehicle was removed from the canal.