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Va. kayaker injured on Potomac River, police investigating possible hit-and-run

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STERLING, Va. -

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a kayaking accident that left a Sterling, Va., man with a concussion.

John Rothe suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon when passersby discovered him disoriented, battered and bruised on a boat ramp in the Algonkian Regional Park.

His wife tells FOX 5 the people who found him said he was mumbling about being hit by someone on a jet ski who fled the scene.

A neighbor, Eric Hess, expressed outrage and said jet skiers in the area often ride too fast and don't respect the rules of the water. Other boaters agreed.

Officer Rich Doney with Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating. He says, so far, he has reached no conclusions about exactly what happened.

He says it is possible Rothe was the victim of a hit-and-run. But he also says sometimes they find kayakers with bent paddles after boating in rapids. He says it is also possible Rothe took a spill and bumped his head.

The officer says he is still conducting interviews with people who were on the water Monday.


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