3-year-old Dies Inside Hot Car In Houston
A three-year-old boy was discovered dead in a hot car in north Houston on the day temperatures reached as high as the 90s.Advertisement
According to the city’s fire department, Evan Trapolino died after his heart stopped beating prior to being found dead at about 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Evan had opened the door of the house and found his way into the backseat of the car. Investigators said he was possibly searching for a toy. A call was made to 911 shortly before 2 p.m. The child was transported to the Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Unfortunately, he eventually died.
As reported by New York Daily News, Evan was in the car for 45 minutes. He could not get out because of the child lock. A few witnesses said the boy was not moving when he was pulled from the car. He suffered from cardiac arrest, according to Houston firefighters.
An investigation into the death of Evan, the youngest of four children, is underway.
“A complete freak accident. Little boy was out playing around. Nobody saw him or heard him go outside,” neighbor Chris Johnson said. “Anything having to do with a kid, especially a 3-year-old, it hurts.”
Southeast Texas, including Houston, is under a heat advisory, as reported by KHOU. On Thursday, the maximum temperature reached as high as 96 degrees. The feels like temperature was at a staggering mid 100s.
“We want to remind citizens that rising summer temperatures can cause an increase risk of heat stroke, resulting in brain damage and death from children being left in hot cars,” officials from the Houston Fire Department said, further adding that as many as 30 percent of hot car deaths can be attributed to incidents where children manage to get inside an unlocked car.