Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 04, 2004

Severn man, 49, killed in fiery crash after car leaves road

A Severn man was killed and another man was seriously injured late Tuesday night when his 1989 Toyota Corolla smashed into a row of trees in Hanover and burst into flames, Anne Arundel County police said.

It was unclear yesterday what caused Ike Norman Hill, 49, to lose control of his car, police said. The car veered more than 80 feet off the right side of northbound Race Road, struck four trees and was engulfed in flames, police said.

Hill was trapped in the vehicle. His front-seat passenger, William Daniel Sherman, 40, of Hanover crawled to safety, police said.

Sherman was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was being treated for internal chest injuries, police said. A nurse there said he was in serious condition yesterday.

Police said they do not think drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. Their investigation is continuing.

Trimmer taken from tree by firefighters dies

A tree trimmer died yesterday after Anne Arundel County firefighters removed him from a tree where he had suffered a medical emergency and was left suspended about 15 feet above the ground, Fire Department officials said.

It was unclear yesterday what happened to the 35-year-old Arbor Pro employee. Firefighters and other tree-trimming employees freed him from his rope harness and carried him down from the tree in the 300 block of White Plains Court, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, a department spokesman.

The man, who was in cardiac arrest, was taken to North Arundel Hospital, Scholz said. His name was not released pending notification of relatives.

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