7-year-old who died in Md. racing boat crash ID’d

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is continuing to investigate a boat crash that killed a 7-year-old Sunday and injured three onlookers during a boat race off Kent Island.

On Tuesday, the Coast Guard said it received a call at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday about a 21-foot race boat that struck onlookers who were viewing the Chesapeake Bay’s Thunder on the Narrows race while onboard spectator boats.

One of the boats, This Is Heaven driven by Philip Justus Mitchell, crashed into three spectator boats rafted together with a larger group of 12 boats.

Julianne Rosela, a 7-year-old from Chester, was transported to Queen Anne’s Medical Center, and later died.

Three other people were injured and transported to area hospitals.

Robbie Root, 35, of Chester, was medevaced by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center; Jennifer Browning, 34, of Stevensville, was medevaced by helicopter to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Michelle Thomas, 40, of Chester, was medevaced by local EMS to Anne Arundel County Medical Center.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the incident.

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