Skip to comments.Man who fell from car struggled with parasite (CAUTION: Pix on thread may be unappetizing)
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 whos 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 citys $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. Its 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 masters degree in public administration from Syracuse University.
Jeff DeWitt, the assistant finance director, will serve as the interim chief financial officer, Maccarone said.
Hes 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 Keoghs car plowed into the back of his 2000 Plymouth Neon.
He recalled thinking, "I've been hit, but theres 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.
No offense, but I swear CortiSlim contains tapeworms.
Two words: cruise control.
It's real...information is good. If it prevents one Freeper or lurker from ordering a taco on a vacation from a stand in Mexico City, than it's worth it.
Coming soon to a family member near you courtesy of uncontrolled illegal and uncontrolled legal immigration of people with various disgusting diseases and parasites from third world pest holes. Another reason the thank GWB II for cracking down in this problem (OH wait, he doesn't want to crack down on them. He wants to give them amnesty)
What really happened, this guy ingested whole the little worm at the bottom of a tequila bottle. Happens a lot in Mexico, occasionally in Texas ... those little worms are a bitch.
Tapeworms? I thought they lived in the intestines. Is this supposed to be trichinosis?
I read of an old treatment for tapeworms. It was absolutely horrifying. Abandon ship now if you are the least big squeamish...
The victim (and tapeworm) would be starved for a period of time. Several people would hold down the victim while some pungent food was placed in front of the victim's mouth. Eventually, the tapeworm would emerge to take the bait...
I know every time I set my cruise control and climb out on the roof of my car, I am always aware that I may accidentally fall off.
If this was one of those slobs who doesn't wash his hands after leaving the bathroom, well he got he deserved.
Meanwhile, anyone who ever shook hands with him should consult their doctor.
There was a more scary one then The Tingler, as I recall, also a 50's movie, with more realistic brain/spinal-column creatures. However, the name escapes me.
There's a fine line between suicide and suicidal.
I hope you didn't think I was criticizing the decision to post the picture. I wasn't. My apologies if you thought otherwise.
I was just commenting on my reaction to the photo.
And you're right. I'll think twice about what I eat in foreign lands.
Perhaps stories like these are part of the vaunted "CortiSlim® Lifestyle"?
Nope--prolly not what happened. You first have to GET it, and that would have been when he was south of the border. The USDA would be very busy down there...
Pig feces on vegetables.!
Sounds like a plan for Baghdad,
wipe out the ragheads, save the virgins!
Would you like some more hummus?
Here's one for you.
He's dead Jim.
Thanks for the clarification. And, trichinosis is the muscle disease you can get from undercooked pork.
The reason that these things are rarely generated in the US is that there are now very few private farms that produce meat as a hobby. When I was in residency, we had a case of trichinosis in a family from undercooked pork, but the pig was raised by hobbyists who did not know the USDA rules and did not have vetinary checks.
My brother-in-law is a CPA and considers himself a "professional" above all other matters. He's also a liberal. So, the human thing is debatable. ;)
Uh suppodedly the guy ate the infected meat in Mexico.
I have doubts about this story, since millions of Americans visit Mexico and never get sick.
That said it is not impossible, just like when Americans died from American meat tainted with e coli, but what the hey, you can't let a knee jerk anti-Mexican, anti-Bush rant go.
"I'm trying to remember where those lines are from but my ?mind has hit a wall."
It's from Pink Floyd on "The Wall" cd...I can't remember the name of the song though.
His end was bizzare.
Wonder what will come out when the audit is performed?
I think you posted something similar during a real thread on a woman who had eaten a taco in Mexico. You're doing us a real public service.
LOL Dark Side of the Moon came way before The Wall...
Brain Damage by Pink Floyd
Struggled with parasite? Sounds like Kirk wrestling some alient beast.
|David Cronenberg: Scanners|
Glad you feel that way, rr. Whatever my fellow medical Freepers and I can add to these types of discussions seems to be appreciated and we're happy to do it.
I know Mexico is a parasitic county but this one takes the prize.
I found it... it's "Hey You" on "The Wall"
But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,
As you can see.
No matter how he tried,
He could not break free.
And the worms ate into his brain.
:-) fantastic album!!!
"If it prevents one Freeper or lurker from ordering a taco on a vacation from a stand in Mexico City, than it's worth it."
Can we ship these over to Saudi Arabia?
Thankyou for your service to the FR public.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body.
But rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting
"Holy $hit! What a ride!!"
It was humor!
As point of fact, even Homer Simpson hasn't tried this. I'm just sayin'. And hey, you kids at home, don't attempt this - even trained cfo's find this stunt difficult.
Is that normal? Heck Quincy could have the results in a day or two.
For them to claim he "struggled" with this it must have been known. If it was known it must have been treated. If the worms were gone and he was not impaired then why did he do a superman off of the roof of his Mercedes? If there was irreversible impairment why was he driving? Seems to me there is something else at work here besides tapeworms.
Perhaps this poor community minded guy with a great sense of humor who smashed someone's car and would have killed a biker if the car hadn't there was struggling with the tequila worm instead.
"Please Sir, more pig feces please!"
check please !
Streets, basic sanitation, garbage pickup, police services, etc.
That may not add up to a billion, because there are a lot of "parasitic" stuff added on, but they account for a good chunk.
Aw...c'mon: I don't do anymore than anyone else who shares knowledge of their profession on these boards be it airline pilot, software engineer, soldier, chemist, nurse, journalist, vulcanologist, anthropologist, ecdysiast, etc.
LoL. I saw that episode!
You don't need to go to Mexico to catch parasites. They're coming across the border all the time.
Yep--that's ridiculous, unless I'm missing something here. Even sophisticated immunohistologic staining only takes a couple weeks, at most. I'm baffled...even though they like have to send it to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology or some other top pathology lab known for specialty work.
In the case of the pork tapeworm (t.solium), eggs hatch in the stomach and the larvae travel through the stomach lining to the bloodstream and can develop into cysts in other parts of the body (e.g. brain and under the skin). This causes a disease known as cysticercosis.