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Three killed in vehicle crash

Three men were killed early yesterday after their sport utility vehicle ran a red light, was struck broadside and flipped several times, police say.

The accident occurred in the 5400 block of East Capitol Street at about 5 a.m., said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman.

The three men, traveling in a 1997 GMC Yukon, reportedly were racing another vehicle and ran a red light at 53rd Street when they were hit by a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Sgt. Gentile said. The Yukon hit a tree, struck another car and flipped repeatedly before coming to rest on its roof.

Sgt. Gentile said the front-seat passenger, Kwan Cavanaugh, 28, of the 1300 block of First Street Northwest, was transported to a hospital but died from his injuries. The driver of the Yukon, Corey Williams, 24, of the 500 block of Wilson Ridge Drive in Oxon Hill; and the rear-seat passenger, Darryl Taylor Jr., 25, of the 1200 block of G Street Southeast, were found dead at the scene.

No charges were filed against the driver of the Trailblazer.

Police were investigating the accident.



AmRhein markets rare ice wine

A cold front has produced a rare, pricey Virginia vintage: ice wine.

Last month, AmRhein Wine Cellars started marketing the sweet dessert wine in half bottles at $45 each. The price of the wine pressed while the grapes are frozen reflects a rare vintage for Virginia.

Ice wines are typically made in the cooler climates of the Northeast and Canada, and are harvested in the late fall to early winter. Wine specialists say the production as far south as Virginia is an anomaly.

The below-freezing temperatures help concentrate the natural sweetness and acidity of the grapes and more time on the vine allows for more mature flavors.

Because of the conditions required and added labor, ice wines tend to be pricier.



Boater killed in inlet accident

An Ellicott City man was killed yesterday in an early morning boating accident.

Authorities said the body of Michael Schott, 33, was recovered about an hour and a half after the boat he was riding hit a channel marker.

Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the accident happened about 12:50 a.m. in the Pleasure Island Cut, a small inlet near where the Back River meets the Chesapeake Bay.

Sgt. Turner said the driver of the boat, William Spittel, 51, ended up in the water along with Mr. Schott and another passenger, Jason Bard, 34. Mr. Spittel and Mr. Bard were rescued, and Mr. Spittel was hospitalized with a concussion.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Sgt. Turner said Baltimore County Fire Department divers found Mr. Schott’s about 2:20 a.m. in water 8 to 12 feet deep.


Governor’s band to play again

O’Malley’s March is making a comeback.

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Celtic rock band has a gig in Baltimore next month, and it hopes to release a CD by Christmas.

The working title for the disc, “Banished to the Basement,” reflects the political realities that forced the band to stop performing in public for a while, Mr. O’Malley said.

Mr. O’Malley put aside the band in 2005 as he geared up to run for governor. The band reunited in January for the governor’s inaugural ball.

The band will play at the annual Irish Festival in Baltimore on Sept. 15. Mr. O’Malley said he agreed to play at the festival “to help the city.”


Metro train hits, injures man

A man was hospitalized yesterday after he was hit by a Green Line train at Southern Avenue.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said the man was struck about 2 p.m. and taken from under the train to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Information about the man’s condition was not released.

Police are investigating.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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