Toddler Found Dead in Hot Car in East Texas
Even though we haven't had as hot of a summer as usual, this is a big reminder that temperatures still reach deadly temperature in just a matter of minutes. A 3-year-old boy was found dead inside a hot car in Tyler, Texas last 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 was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in a vehicle at the child’s home. On Friday, Fire and EMS responded to a call around 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Church Avenue where it was determined that the child was dead. First responders were unable to revive the child. Andy Erbaugh with Tyler PD said that no arrests have been made and that an autopsy will be conducted on the toddler.
There might be equipment in cars in the future to stop this, it's called The Hot Cars Act and it recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives. According to kidsandcars.org, this bill would require all new passenger vehicles to be equipped with a system that would detect the presence of a child who is left or has entered an unattended vehicle independently and engage a warning. The bill is currently being discussed in the Senate.
In the meantime, please be careful and do not leave your child or pet in a car on a warm day. the temperature in the car can rise quickly. On a day of 85 degrees outside the inside of your vehicle will be almost 115 degrees in 20 minutes
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