- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2007


Two dead after crashing stolen cab

Metropolitan Police yesterday were investigating the early morning crash of a stolen taxicab that killed two persons.

Police said the driver of a cab, which was reportedly stolen from Maryland, was speeding southbound on Interstate 295 at 3:02 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, hitting a Jersey wall, a sign and a tree before crashing into the garage of a house in the rear of 4251 Lane Place SE.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A second occupant of the vehicle was taken to the Office of the D.C. Medical Examiner and pronounced dead.

The police department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

Police had not released the names of the victims yesterday.



Police investigate lifeguard’s death

Maryland State Police yesterday were investigating the death of a 19-year-old lifeguard from Colombia found dead Thursday morning in his apartment in Braddock Heights.

Police think alcohol caused the man’s death, either by choking on his vomit or through alcohol poisoning.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Chris Sasse said the teen was not being named pending notification of his family. He said the victim was a 19-year-old male from Bogota, Colombia, who was in Maryland on a summer work visa to work as a lifeguard.

The man’s roommates found him unresponsive Thursday and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. A neighbor told the Frederick News-Post that the man and his roommates had a small party the night before.

No charges have been filed in connection with the death.

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