Arundel Digest


February 09, 2005

Woman in hospital after being trapped under pile in home

An elderly Severna Park woman remained in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, three days after she was found buried beneath mounds of collectibles inside her home, Anne Arundel fire officials said.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, Grace Pipitone, 86, of the 500 block of Alston Place was found by a neighborhood boy who had dropped by the house to check on her, said Capt. Michael Cox, a Fire Department spokesman.

The boy called 911 when he discovered that Pipitone was trapped in the front doorway of her house; her leg was sticking out the front door, Cox said.

Disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, she had most likely been stuck under the pile of books, papers and housewares for several hours, Cox said.

Though she could not tell investigators exactly what happened, Cox said officials believe that Pipitone, a resident of the Carrollton Manor community, was buried by the falling pile as she attempted to walk through the front door.

Cox said firefighters on the scene had to force entry through one of the home's windows because all of the exit doors had been blocked by large piles of the woman's possessions.

Police identify girl, 11, hurt in weekend SUV crash

Anne Arundel County police yesterday released the name of a Gambrills girl who was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash last weekend on Laurel Fort Meade Road.

Amanda Summers, 11, of the 800 block of Frost Valley Lane, was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said. About 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Amanda was thrown from a sport utility vehicle driven by her mother, Wendy Ann Summers, 38, when the SUV overturned after swerving to avoid hitting another car, police said.

Wendy Summers and another passenger, Arthur Joseph Rosati, 44, also of Gambrills, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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