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4 deaths in Md., Va. from superstorm Sandy

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 5:13pm  ET

Associated Press

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Prince George's County police say a car accident death that occurred overnight doesn't appear to be storm-related.

A police spokeswoman said Tuesday the death occurred in Capitol Heights as a man, identified as Aaron Jerome Smith, tried to change a car tire.

The spokeswoman says the jack shifted as Smith was working on the van and the vehicle fell on him.

Maryland Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein initially said the death was potentially storm-related, but police say that's not the case.

A man also died Monday after a tree fell on his Pasadena home. Neighbor John Brown identified the victim as Donald Cannata Sr. Property records show Cannata was the owner of the one-story brick ranch-style house.

The tree fell directly across the left side of the house, next to a chimney. Brown says the tree fell on the kitchen and dining room area.

He says Cannata was "a pleasant guy. Friendly, nice, sociable. Would help you out any way he could."

Fire officials said the victim was trapped after the tree fell Monday night and died at the scene.

A woman also died in a car accident in Germantown. Sharfstein says that accident also is believed to be storm-related.

In Virginia, emergency officials are blaming two traffic-related deaths on superstorm Sandy.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said Tuesday that the medical examiner's office had confirmed that two traffic fatalities were caused by the storm.

Police say 52-year-old Keith D. Fordham and 51-year-old Michael T. Overton of Richmond were killed early Tuesday when a vehicle driven by Fordham crashed into a light pole in the city. Richmond police said speed, rain and wet pavement were factors in the accident.

The storm brought tropical-force winds and flooding to the eastern and central part of the state on Monday and dumped snow in southwest Virginia and along the higher elevations.

More than 177,000 statewide were without power.

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