Special Crash Investigations; Remote Non-Traffic Surveillance Hyperthermia Investigation; Vehicle: 2014 Toyota Camry; Location: California; Incident Date: July 2014

This incident occurred in July 2014 at approximately 1500 hours at a private residence in California. Six family members resided at the home and five were present at the time of the incident including the father, mother, two brothers, and the 3-year-old male involved in the incident. Prior to the incident, the father and the 3-year-old male were in the back yard and the others were inside the home. At some point the child went inside the residence to take a nap with his mother. While his mother slept, the child exited the residence and entered the Toyota Camry, which was unlocked with all the windows closed and parked in the driveway. The outside temperature at the time of the incident was 35 °C (95 °F). He was known by the family to enter and exit the vehicle unassisted, and he sometimes played inside the vehicle. Later in the day, the family members realized the child was missing from the home and began searching for him. The father found the child unresponsive and lying in the front passenger seat of the Toyota. The father removed him from the vehicle, took him inside, and called 911. Responders arrived and transported the child to a local hospital where he arrived not breathing, with no pulse, very warm, and asystolic. Family members indicated the child’s whereabouts were unknown for 20 minutes. Fifteen minutes after his arrival at the hospital, his core temperature was 41.9 °C (107.5 °F). The ER physician indicated the elevated temperature came from an external source, which in this case was determined to be environmental. The child was pronounced deceased at 1604 hours.


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  • Accession Number: 01670303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 531, Case No. DS17007
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C00271
  • Created Date: May 14 2018 12:15PM