A Southern California community is mourning the loss of a three year old child who died yesterday from the blazing heat after becoming trapped in a family vehicle parked in his very own yard.
The family, including the parents and a teen brother of the boy, was napping for a few hours while the toddler played in the front yard. It appears that the deceased was simply playing around the family Toyota and somehow got trapped inside, unable to open the doors or windows to reach safety. Temperatures ranged in the mid to high 80s during the mid afternoon sun and the boy was unable to endure the excessively higher heat index inside the car.
When the family awoke and searched for the boy around 3:00 in the afternoon, they discovered him in the front yard of their Sylmar home but he did not respond to their calls or physical touch. He was later pronounced dead by the emergency attending physician at the local hospital center. The Los Angeles Police Department have issued a comment that the situation is still under investigation but believe it was an accident. Statements from the parents, family, and other potential witnesses are still being received and processed.
Children being left in unattended vehicles is an avoidable accident that results in many deaths each year. A recent report published by the San Francisco State University indicates that the latest incident in California marks the 19th one this year. Other hot car deaths have occurred in Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, and other states. Unfortunately the numbers from the 2014 summer season have been even higher than hot car deaths involving children from previous years. Officials do not have a single cause for the increase but cite a variety of different reasons drivers become distracted while driving with children in the car.
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