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Maryland man dies after golf cart plunges into Potomac River

August 01, 2010

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- A New Market, Md., man was pronounced dead Sunday morning when the golf cart he was driving at River Bend Park went over a 15-foot embankment and plunged into the Potomac River, according to a news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

Two passengers who were in the golf cart when it went into the river received medical treatment, police said.

Police said it appeared that Marshall Marks, 60, was trying to turn the cart around on a narrow trail when he lost control and the cart went over the embankment. Marks is believed to have died from injuries sustained in the accident, police said.

River Bend Park is a recreational vehicle park across the Potomac River from Big Spring, south of Clear Spring.

The accident was reported to Berkeley County 911 at 12:17 a.m. Sunday and from the notes on the call, it appears the accident was called in immediately after it happened, a Berkeley County 911 supervisor said.

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Anthony Langston and Earl Biscotti were passengers in the golf cart, police said. A sergeant on duty Sunday morning did not have their ages or places of residence.

Langston was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Biscotti was treated and released at the scene, police said.

The park is a recreational vehicle park in which members own their lots, according to its website, http://www.riverbendrvpark.org. The park also has a seasonal leasing program.

The park has a miniature golf course and recreational areas, the website states.

A woman who answered the phone at the park said the park does not have a regular golf course.

-- Julie E. Greene


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