Virginia Natural Gas president dies after jet ski explosion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Police say one of the two people hospitalized after a jet ski explosion in Virginia Beach has died.

On July 18, fire crews were called to the scene of the explosion near the Lynnhaven River along the 800 block of Spigel Drive. At the time, witnesses told WAVY News the explosion happened as two women were trying to start a jet ski. Both women were injured.

Virginia Beach Police said on Wednesday that one of the women — identified as 49-year-old Jodi Gidley — had died. Police spokeswoman Amy Valdez said the Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the cause of death, so authorities cannot say if she passed from injuries caused by the explosion.

Gidley was an executive with Virginia Natural Gas, according to Hank Linginfelter, the Executive Vice President of Distribution Operations for AGL Resources, Inc. He sent WAVY.com the following statement:

The leadership and employees of AGL Resources are deeply saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, Jodi Gidley, who passed away last week in Virginia Beach. Jodi was senior vice president of our Mid-Atlantic operations and president of Elizabethtown Gas, Elkton Gas and Virginia Natural Gas. A veteran of nearly 30 years with our company, Jodi was a respected leader in the company and in her community. She will be deeply missed.

We extend our deepest sympathy and support to Jodi’s family during this difficult time.

Virginia Beach police and fire departments took the jet ski into evidence and are continuing to investigate the incident. Valdez said there is still no determination on the cause of the explosion.

No additional information has been released at this time.

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