Special Crash Investigations Non-Traffic Surveillance Remote Hyperthermia Fatality Investigation Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Galant Location: South Carolina Incident Date: July 2014

The interest in this remote investigation involve the circumstances surrounding the hyperthermia-related fatality of a 3-year-old male who was found inside a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant that was parked on the lawn area of his home. The child exited the house while his parents were asleep during the midday hours. The child and a family dog entered the parked Mitsubishi. The police reported that the driver’s door of the Mitsubishi would not stay open at its detent and would swing closed and latch. The child was found unconscious inside the parked vehicle by his mother approximately one hour after he exited the residence. The family called the emergency response system and immediately placed the child in cold water in the bathtub in an attempt to lower his body temperature. The responding Emergency Medical Service (EMS) requested helicopter transport to a regional pediatric trauma center where he expired due to complications of hyperthermia approximately 3.5 days after the incident.


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  • Accession Number: 01672396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS 812 534
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-C-00269
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2018 9:49AM