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Man who fell from car struggled with parasite (CAUTION: Pix on thread may be unappetizing)
East Valley Tribune ^ | December 10, 2004 | Irene Hsiao

Posted on 12/10/2004 5:13:28 AM PST by NCjim

A man who either fell or jumped off the roof of his moving Mercedes-Benz in Scottsdale has been identified as an acclaimed chief financial officer for Phoenix whose struggles with a parasite might have caused his behavior Wednesday. Kevin Keogh, 55, died about 3 p.m. after he climbed onto the roof of the car he was driving east on Camelback Road with arms outstretched, similar to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Titanic.”

Police haven't determined if the death was suicide or accidental, Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey said.

Keogh contracted the illness a couple of years ago while on vacation in Mexico and his wife, Karlene, told city officials "she believes the parasite impaired his frontal lobe inhibition, said Toni Maccarone, a Phoenix spokeswoman.

The specifics of Keogh's illness were unavailable, but he had been receiving treatment, city officials said.

Will Humble, bureau chief for disease control for the Arizona Department of Health Services, said that in general, tapeworms can invade brain tissue and cause brain damage. People can get tapeworms from eating undercooked pork in Mexico or pig feces on vegetables, he said.

"Usually, it's someone who’s from Mexico who comes up here as a migrant or someone who is binational that goes back and forth a lot. Very seldom is it a tourist who goes shopping and has a street taco or something," Humble said.

The worms have long incubation periods, ranging from weeks to 10 years, he said.

Autopsy results won't be available for a couple of months, Bailey said. Keogh, who had worked for Phoenix since 1976, made $164,000 a year and supervised 300 employees and part of the city’s $1 billion budget, Maccarone said.

“There is nothing we can do to replace Kevin,” City Manager Frank Fairbanks said at a news conference. “Kevin was more than a professional; he was a person.”

Bailey was not aware of any notes or documents Keogh left behind.

Witnesses told police the car was going about 40 mph when he got on the roof. Wednesday, police said the car was traveling 50 mph.

Police found his body on a sidewalk near 68th Street and Camelback Road, about 300 yards from where his car crashed into another, Bailey said.

Outside of work, he was known to be a patron of the arts and for his work with charities.

Keogh and his wife started the Arnold Keogh Health Foundation, which provided health insurance to mostly working-class women and their children.

“Kevin is very, very community minded," said Phoenix Vice Mayor Peggy Bilsten. “It’s sad for me for a number of reasons. They were a beautiful, beautiful couple, just a great example of what a good couple should be."

Bilsten is a member of the foundation board and a friend who had worked with Keogh for 10 years.

Keogh was reserved and noted for his sense of humor, co-workers said. He had no children.

"He made Phoenix a better place to live," Fairbanks said.

City and State magazine named Keogh one of the top 11 financial innovators in the country in 1993. The magazine selected Keogh the best finance director in the nation in 1987.

He held a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from Iona College in New York and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.

Jeff DeWitt, the assistant finance director, will serve as the interim chief financial officer, Maccarone said.

“He’s probably one of most intelligent, very professional, very, very good finance directors. I learned a great deal from him in 10 years," said DeWitt, who called Keogh his mentor and worked with him daily.

Kevin Randolph, 25, a counselor intern at Brophy College Preparatory School who lives in Phoenix, suffered minor injuries after Keogh’s car plowed into the back of his 2000 Plymouth Neon.

He recalled thinking, "I've been hit, but there’s nobody in the car.” Randolph was stopped at a red light waiting for a man to cross Camelback on a bicycle.

The man later told Randolph he was grateful Randolph's car blocked him from the runaway Mercedes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: badtaco; health; kevinkeogh; mentalhealth; mexico; parasites; stunedbeeber; tacobad; thirdworld; worms
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To: TC Rider

Turn your computer off, get up from your cubical, walk over to the elevator, ride down to the first floor and run to get help.


141 posted on 12/10/2004 8:16:38 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: John Valentine

Taeniasis due to Taenia Solium (pork tapeworm) has two forms:
Intestinal form - Normal tapeworm infestation of GI tract

Cysticercosis-larvae of the hatched swallowed eggs can migrate through the surrounding tissues (especially to striated muscles) and form cysts. Sometimes these cysts can form in vital organs such as the eye, heart or CNS. This case sounds like CNS involvement.


142 posted on 12/10/2004 9:01:57 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV)
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To: Tealc
he climbed onto the roof of the car he was driving east on Camelback Road with arms outstretched, similar to actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Titanic.”

"I'm king of this world!"

143 posted on 12/10/2004 9:42:11 AM PST by mikrofon (w/ Merecedes-Benz symbol on his forehead...)
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To: Mr. Lucky
Turn your computer off, get up from your cubical, walk over to the elevator, ride down to the first floor and run to get help.

Don't need help, ball peen hammer worked the first time.

(You should here my cure for crabs, it involves a razor, lighter fluid, a bic and an ice pick)

144 posted on 12/10/2004 9:53:18 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Darn, I gave up drinking, smoking and even red meat ... now I can't even allow myself the pleasure of pig feces on my vegetables. What next?"

Er...armored vegetables?


145 posted on 12/10/2004 10:35:43 AM PST by wildbill
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To: asgardshill

My bad....

I'm hooked on phonics....:-)


146 posted on 12/10/2004 11:54:13 AM PST by moonhawk (Democrats are to "Diversity and Tolerance" as Islam is to "Peace.")
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To: mikrofon

Heru'ur is NOT a god. :)


147 posted on 12/10/2004 2:08:07 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

*urp*


148 posted on 12/10/2004 2:09:38 PM PST by Hi Heels (Proud to be a Pajamarazzi.)
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To: Rebelbase

Did I mention that she's appetizing? :)


149 posted on 12/10/2004 4:27:24 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: bikepacker67
. . . educating people to limit access of pigs to human feces.

This really concerns me. I've been working at it since age 5.

150 posted on 12/10/2004 4:35:24 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: ken5050
I think it was the FOX program "House"
151 posted on 12/10/2004 4:37:02 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (Zip it Hippie! - http://www.casualconservative.com/)
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To: BenLurkin; Mr Ramsbotham
What can someone say about this?

Darn, I gave up drinking, smoking and even red meat ... now I can't even allow myself the pleasure of pig feces on my vegetables. What next?

At post 12.

152 posted on 12/10/2004 4:39:16 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: antisocial

Wonderful. I'm headed to Mexico next weekend for a week. I'll look for pig poop on my salads.


153 posted on 12/10/2004 4:42:23 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Nakatu X

We freeze our pork products (I was under the impression that would kill the buggers) and eat it "juicy".

If I have been wrong... well... say hello to my little friend.


154 posted on 12/10/2004 4:46:16 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (Zip it Hippie! - http://www.casualconservative.com/)
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To: noone

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155 posted on 12/10/2004 4:48:18 PM PST by dennisw (Help put the Ch back in Chanukah)
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To: Twinkie
My understanding is that field workers in Mexico will defecate in the fields and that practice can spread any number of disease and parasite, including these.

Cheap labor with no facilities (as required in the U.S.)

This is why I support regulations with Free Trade, some standards must be meet.
156 posted on 12/10/2004 4:49:16 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (Zip it Hippie! - http://www.casualconservative.com/)
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To: NCjim
Keogh contracted the illness a couple of years ago while on vacation in Mexico and his wife, Karlene, told city officials "she believes the parasite impaired his frontal lobe inhibition, said Toni Maccarone, a Phoenix spokeswoman.

Oh yeah!

I wouldn't go to Mexico if they took me in a stretch limo with armed guards, for free!

157 posted on 12/10/2004 4:52:42 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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To: Critical Bill

What's that supposed to be a picture of? I mean, other than the boy? What's happening there?


158 posted on 12/10/2004 5:02:14 PM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has never led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: basil

"Talk about heaping on accolades"

LOL.

(*note to self....don't ask City Manager Frank Fairbanks to write eulogy.)


159 posted on 12/10/2004 6:20:01 PM PST by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: CyberCowboy777

hmmmmm... hopefully someone can weigh on this... I want my salt pork fat. Yum, unsliced bacon. ;o)


160 posted on 12/10/2004 6:31:07 PM PST by Nataku X (For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
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