Child found dead in hot car in east Texas
Even though we haven’t had a summer as hot as usual, it’s a great reminder that temperatures still reach deadly highs in just a few minutes. A 3-year-old boy was found dead in a hot car in Tyler, Texas on Friday afternoon (7/16).
According to a press release from kidsandcars.org, this is the 9th child to die in a hot car nationwide this year and the first in Texas.
A 3-year-old child was pronounced dead after being found unconscious in a vehicle at the child’s home. Fire and EMS responded to a call around 6 p.m. on Friday in the 1600 block of North Church Avenue where it was determined the child was dead. First responders were unable to resuscitate the child. Andy Erbaugh with Tyler PD said no arrests have been made and an autopsy will be performed on the toddler.
There might be equipment in cars in the future to stop this, it’s called The Hot Cars Act and it was recently passed by the US House of Representatives. According to kidsandcars.org, this bill would require all new passenger vehicles to be fitted with a system that would independently detect the presence of a child who has left or entered an unattended vehicle and trigger a warning. The bill is currently under discussion in the Senate.
In the meantime, be careful and don’t leave your child or pet in a car on a hot day. the temperature in the car can rise quickly. An 85 degree day outside the interior of your vehicle will be nearly 115 degrees in 20 minutes
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