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Man's death attributed to use of cocaine, PCP ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


An autopsy has determined that drug intoxication caused the death of an Ellicott City man who collapsed on his living room floor last month, the state's deputy chief medical examiner said.

James Collins, 25, of the 3700 block of St. Paul St. was pronounced dead at his home about 7 p.m. April 26, Howard County police said.

His family told police that before he died, Mr. Collins was uncontrollable, and had been running and shouting outside.

On May 4, toxicology results showed he died from PCP and cocaine intoxication, said Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Donald G. Wright.

PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride, is a psychedelic drug that can cause death or mental disorders.

Mr. Collins was a flooring worker and the father of four, his family said.

He attended Mount Hebron High School and dropped out in 1984.


* Elkridge: 6100 block of Route 1: A 1985 Ford Escort was stolen from outside a bar between noon and 6 p.m. Monday.

* Ellicott City: 5500 block of Waterloo Road: A $140 girl's Huffy 10-speed bike was stolen from a porch between midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

3500 Mount Ida Drive: Someone stole tags from a 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

3500 block of Mount Ida Drive: Someone tampered with a dining room window about 4 p.m. Thursday.

10200 block of Wetherburn Road: Someone broke a basement window between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday. One check was reported missing.

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