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AROUND THE REGION

March 17, 2009

Teen dies after being hit by car

A 15-year-old boy died last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, hours after being hit by a car that landed on top of him as he and other youths stood by a busy intersection near Mondawmin Mall, authorities said. The victim, whose name was not released, was standing on the southwest corner of Reisterstown Road at Gwynns Falls Parkway about 6:30 p.m. when a Toyota Avalon that was eastbound on the parkway jumped a curb and struck the boy, pinning him under the engine compartment, said Chief Kevin Cartwright of the Baltimore Fire Department. Rescuers used inflatable bags to lift the vehicle off the boy. The youth's companions and the driver were not hurt. The victim was in cardiac arrest when firefighters freed him and took him to Shock Trauma, Cartwright said.

Richard Irwin

Man and woman dead after city house fire

An elderly woman and a man in his 40s died last night at St. Agnes Hospital after a fire in their home in the 500 block of Overdale Road in the Ten Hills section of Southwest Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman said. The victims' names were withheld pending notification of kin, said Chief Kevin Cartwright. The fire, which was reported about 10 p.m., raced through the single-story dwelling and was brought under control in less than an hour. Cartwright said the woman was in cardiac arrest when removed from the house and that both victims died a short time later at the hospital. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Richard Irwin

A plea to raise alcohol tax is due

Maryland lawmakers this week will hear what has become an annual plea to raise the state's alcohol tax to help pay for developmental disabilities care and substance abuse programs. Del. William A. Bronrott, a Montgomery County Democrat, said his proposal to raise the tax by 5 cents per drink would generate as much as $80 million each year to be used in part help as many as 1,000 of 19,000 people on a waiting list for disabilities assistance and others awaiting addiction treatment. But the powerful liquor lobby has batted down such tax increases in the past and is likely to do so this year, Bronrott and other supporters acknowledged. The excise tax on beer and wine has not changed since 1972 and on distilled spirits since 1955.

Julie Bykowicz

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