Briefs

July 13, 2008

West-side crash kills passenger

A driver was injured and his passenger was killed early yesterday morning when the driver lost control of his Honda Accord and crashed in West Baltimore, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman.

The accident occurred about 3 a.m. at the 2100 block of W. Franklin St. at the intersection with Smallwood Street, Monroe said. Both victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, she said.

The dead passenger is Hurley Cross Jr., 32, of Eiffel Court in Essex, she said.

The driver is a 28-year-old Baltimore man. Monroe declined to release his name, saying that charges against him are pending.

She said detectives from the department's accident investigation unit believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Annie Linskey

Worcester County

Ocean City

Body recovered from canal near Del.

Ocean City police say the body of a middle-aged man was recovered Friday night from a canal near the Delaware state line.

Police say it was unclear how he died. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The man's identity was being withheld until relatives are notified.

Police say Delaware authorities contacted them to help with the recovery, and by the time officers got there, the body had floated south, across the state line and into Maryland.

Associated Press

Montgomery

Gaithersburg

6 hospitalized after eating poison plant

Montgomery County health officials say six people were hospitalized after eating a stew at a family dinner made with jimson, a potentially fatal weed.

Authorities say the plant was picked from a small herb garden and added to a potato stew for a gathering Wednesday in Gaithersburg.

Six family members who ate the stew soon became ill, while six others who did not eat it were unaffected.

Those who became sick ranged in age from 20 to 70 years old. Their symptoms included nausea, dizziness and hallucinations after the dinner.

Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services says tests confirmed the plant was jimson.

Belladonna alkaloids in jimson can have serious neurological effects and can be deadly in large doses.

Health officials say the weed can be found in farm fields, but it's unusual for it to show up in suburban gardens.

Satnam Singh attended the dinner but didn't eat the stew. He says it's not uncommon for the family to use garden herbs in their cooking.

He says they plan to be more careful now.

Associated Press

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