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September 17, 2007

Harford County : Edgewood

Police identify crash victim

A Baltimore City police recruit killed in a Harford County motorcycle crash during the weekend has been identified as Ruben Renta, a Harford County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Renta, 33, was riding a 2002 Honda Sport when it crashed about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of Hanson Road in Edgewood. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Christina Presberry said in a statement.

Renta was scheduled to graduate from the police academy in 2008.

He was a police officer in Puerto Rico when he was recruited by the city and hired Aug. 27, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman. His mother lives in Puerto Rico; his daughter and former wife live in Rochester, N.Y.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Renta was traveling faster than the 25 mph speed limit in the residential neighborhood, lost control and struck a road sign, Presberry said.

Renta was not wearing a helmet. There was no indication of drug or alcohol use, Presberry said.

Andrea F. Siegel

Kent County

: Chestertown

N.Y. man killed in boating accident

Maryland Natural Resources Police said a New York man was killed Friday evening in a boating accident in the Chester River on the Eastern Shore.

Phillip Laepa, 50, of Congers, N.Y., was operating a 19-foot boat south of the Route 213 bridge when it jumped the wake of a large cabin cruiser and went airborne, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a police spokesman. The boat, which officials estimate had been going faster than 50 mph, nose-dived and broke apart.

Laepa was taken to Chester River Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Associated Press

Arundel

: Edgewater

Bus driver dies of heart attack

The driver of a motor coach that transported people to Camp Letts in Edgewater for the day died yesterday at an Anne Arundel County hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack, a spokesman for the county Fire Department said.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of family members, the spokesman said.

Shortly before noon, an employee of the camp, a YMCA facility on a peninsula between Sellman and Bear Neck creeks, saw the man lying on the ground and summoned county medics, said Battalion Chief Michael Cox, the spokesman.

Cox said the man, believed to be in his early 70s, was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

"There were no signs of foul play, and it appears the man died of natural causes, probably a heart attack," Cox said.

Richard Irwin

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