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Elderly man stung more than 400 times by bees faring well

August 25, 2011 |  2:17 pm

A sign is posted in a Redondo Beach neighborhood

An elderly Redondo Beach man who was stung more than 400 times by Africanized honey bees is still being treated in hospital but is faring well, authorities said Thursday.

“He’s in good condition,” said Sgt. Phil Keenan, a spokesman for the Redondo Beach Police Department. “They may release him later today or tomorrow.”

Louis Todero, 95, sustained hundreds of bee stings Wednesday after he was attacked while walking in the 1700 block of Ruxton Lane in Redondo Beach, Keenan said.

Officials suspect that the insects, determined to be Africanized bees -- which are also known as killer bees -- were agitated by a fumigator that was in the process of trying to exterminate the hive, located in a second story apartment roof.

“The fumigator fled to avoid being stung and the man just happened to be in the area when the bees attacked,” Keenan said.

When Redondo Beach fire personnel tried to assist Todero, the bees also attacked them, Keenan said. But no firefighter was stung.

Todero was stung on “every exposed inch” of his body, Keenan said. Todero’s daughter Louise Todero told KABC-TV Channel 7 that her father had been stung “all over his neck, his arms and his eyes,” according to local wire reports.

“He’s lucky to still be here,” the daughter told the television news channel.

The bees were still at the same location but were expected to be removed some time Thursday evening, Keenan said.

Police would cordon off the area to make way for a private exterminator to remove the hive, Keenan said.


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-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: A sign is posted in a Redondo Beach neighborhood where a 95-year-old man was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being attacked by a swarm of bees. Credit: Christina House / For The Times