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August 14, 2009

Maryland reports sixth death from swine flu

Maryland health officials reported Thursday a sixth death associated with swine flu. Officials would not release details about the death, except to say it was an adult from the Washington suburbs with an underlying medical condition. As of last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 436 deaths and 6,506 hospitalizations associated with the virus, known as H1N1. As infections continue to spread widely, the federal agency and state health departments have stopped recording confirmed flu cases that do not result in deaths or hospitalizations. On Monday, researchers began testing an H1N1 vaccine on adults at academic sites nationwide, including the University of Maryland's Center for Vaccine Development, in anticipation of what could be a mass vaccination campaign in October.

-Kelly Brewington

Alcohol may have been factor in van-bicycle collision

Alcohol might have been a factor in a Tuesday night collision involving a van and bicyclist in Arnold that critically injured an Annapolis woman, according to Anne Arundel County police. Shamika Fannie Baker, 22, of the 1200 block of Latrobe Drive was riding a BMX-style bicycle on College Parkway near Bellerive Drive about 8:45 p.m. when she was struck by a 2006 Ford E-350 van driven by Shane Robert Killeen, 42, police said. Baker suffered life-threatening head injuries and was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she remained in critical condition Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Killeen, of the 1600 block of Secretariat Drive in Annapolis, had been driving east on College Parkway and was not injured in the crash. Police were investigating the positions of the bicycle and van before the collision, and whether Killeen had been drinking alcohol. Charges were pending, according to police.

- Liz F. Kay

Man, 77, killed when his boat hits jetty in Arundel creek

A Calvert County man was killed Wednesday night when his boat hit a stone jetty in an Anne Arundel County creek, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. Harry Tayloe Jr., 77, of Owings was operating a boat about 11:15 p.m. in the mouth of Rockhold Creek near Fairhaven when it ran into the jetty, police said. Anne Arundel County fire and rescue crews took Tayloe to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were investigating why Tayloe's 23-foot Parker Sport Cabin hit the jetty. A passenger on the boat, Gerald Bowen, was not injured.

- Associated Press

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