Nearly six weeks after a 63-year-old woman died in a collision with a boat near the mouth of the Magothy River, police say they have arrested the operator of the other boat involved. He reportedly left the scene of the crash, prompting the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) to launch an investigation looking for him.

On Saturday, August 12, NRP reports Brownell Edds Jr., 48, of Cape St. Claire was arrested and charged with negligent manslaughter by ship (a felony) and criminally negligent manslaughter by vessel (an offence).

Edds Jr. was reportedly driving a white center console which struck a Wellcraft on the night of Sunday July 3 in the six-knot canal zone at the mouth of the Magothy. Aboard the Wellcraft was a couple returning from a fireworks display, witnesses said. The husband was not injured in the accident, but the boat was damaged and the wife, Laura Slattery, 63, suffered fatal injuries. She died two days later.

Police say Center Console left the scene and drove to Deep Creek. They recovered a white center console two days later as part of the case and hauled it from the Cape St. Clair boat launch. But the arrest of his driver did not take place until August 12.

“Our investigators and the State’s Attorney’s Office have worked meticulously and diligently to make
this arrest,” said PNR Superintendent Colonel Adrian Baker. “This is a tragic case, and we are sending our
my deepest condolences to the family of Laura Slattery. We hope this arrest will bring them peace as they
navigate this difficult time.

Edds Jr. was held without bond over the weekend, with a bail review scheduled for Monday according to Maryland court research.

-Meg Walburn Viviano