Navy Seaman Leslie H. Bell, 27, a former Marine and a lifelong resident of the Washington area, died Tuesday at Riverside Memorial Hospital in Newport New, Va., of injuries suffered in a traffic accident on Monday.
Virginia State Police said Seaman Bell, lost control of the car he was driving on I-64 at Williamsburg. The car turned over and Seaman Bell was thrown from it, police said. He was taken first to a hospital in Williamsburg, and then to Riverside Memorial in Newport News.
A native of Washington, Seaman Bell attended the old Western High School here. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1973 and saw service in Okinawa and Japan. He completed his high school equivalency while in the Marines and was discharged in 1977. For the next two years, he lived in Washington and worked for a computer company.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1979 and was stationed aboard the guided missile destroyer John Kane at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene, and a daughter, Anna Elaine, both of Seat Pleasant; his father, Ronald Bell of Washington, and four brothers, Ronald, of Alexandria, and Daryl, Ralph and Morris, all of Washington; three sisters, Carol Peoples of New Carrollton, and Grace and Lydia Bell of Washington, and one grandmother, Evelyn Craig, also of Washington. b