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Florida girl, 1, dies in hot car, the 50th death of 2019 according to one national tracker - USA TODAY

, USA TODAY Published 12:36 a.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019


Studies finds that hot cars can become deadly in as little as an hour for children and pets trapped inside. USA TODAY


The death of a 1-year-old girl in Florida on Monday marked the 50th case of a child dying in a hot car this year, according to the national tracker

Police in Tampa found the girl unconscious in her parent's Jeep after they called 911 at 6:30 pm., WFTS-TV reported. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said her parents accidentally left her inside the family's car in the morning. 

The case brings this year's toll near the all-time national record of 54 children dying of heat exhaustion in ovenlike cars, set in 2018. On average, 38 children die annually while trapped in hot vehicles, according to

The tragedies have prompted automakers to announce they will make rear seat reminder systems standard on most passenger vehicles sold nationwide by the 2025 model year. A reminder could alert parents to check the backseat for children before leaving the car.

'Forgotten Baby Syndrome': There's science behind why parents leave kids in hot cars

"It appears it was a very busy morning for the family," Tampa police spokesperson Steve Hegarty told WFTS. "They have several other children, as well, and in an effort to get everybody where they needed to go, the toddler was left in the backseat."

Another national tracker,, has counted 49 deaths this year, citing one non-verified case counted by Both trackers agree child vehicular heatstroke deaths are preventable. 

Children have difficultly escaping a hot car on their own, and their respiratory and circulatory systems can't handle heat as well as adults. 

Fatal facts: Hot cars can hit deadly, oven-like temperatures in as little as one hour

Direct sunlight heats objects inside cars, so temperatures can soar as high as 130 degrees, even when external temperatures are much lower. The body's natural cooling methods, such as sweating, begin to shut down once the body's core temperature reaches around 104 degrees. Death can occur at 107 degrees. 

To prevent hot car deaths, recommends always opening the back door when parked, placing an essential item in the back seat with a child and asking a care provider to call if a child doesn't get dropped off on time. Parents can also keep cars locked at all times, teach children to honk a horn and never leave keys within a child's reach. 

Contributing: Morgan Hines and Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 


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California man arrives to police station with dead body in car, leads police to 3 others - NBC News

A man who confessed to having a dead body in his car when he arrived to a Northern California police station Monday then led officers to his apartment, where three more bodies were discovered, authorities said.

The suspect, who police have not identified, arrived at the police station in the city of Mt. Shasta shortly after noon and told officers that he had killed people at his apartment in Roseville, more than 200 miles away, the police department said in a statement.

The man, who remained in custody Monday night, told police that one of the bodies was in his car, the statement said. After confirming this, authorities in Roseville checked the man’s apartment and found three more bodies, according to police.

The victims have not been identified, though police said they appear to be “known” to the suspect, who has not been charged.

Police said they were obtaining warrants for the man's car and apartment.

The statement added that the man was the sole suspect in the killings and there appeared to be no ongoing threat.

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Charges: Man crashes into car to get dog back from ex-girlfriend -

PROVO — Charges were filed Monday against a man accused of running his ex-girlfriend off the road in an effort to get his dog back.

Gregson Blaine Willes, 50, of Benjamin, was charged in 4th District Court with five counts of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, as well as criminal mischief, assault, and reckless driving, all class B misdemeanors.

On Oct. 9, Willes and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a “pet custody dispute” in Payson that “went awry,” according to charging documents.

The ex-girlfriend and four friends went to a house and retrieved a dog that she and Willes had purchased when they were together, the charges state. Willes began following the group and then “drove his car into victims’ car to force the victims’ car to stop.”

Willes “side-swiped the victims’ car and then stopped his car immediately in front of their car which resulted in another collision between the two cars,” the charges state. He then broke out the front passenger window and attempted to drag a woman out of the car by her legs to get to the dog, the charges state. The woman suffered several cuts from the broken glass.

Willes showed a “blatant and wanton disregard for others on the roadway,” according to the arresting officer’s police affidavit.

“He stated that he made the car stop by crashing his car into the driver side of the car,” charging documents continued. “Defendant really wanted to get the dog back.”


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WATCH IN 60 SECONDS: 5 injured in cable car accident, Dali etching stolen from SF gallery, Market St. car ban - KGO-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- 5 hurt in a cable car accident in San Francisco, Salvador Dali etching stolen from SF art gallery, vote to ban cars from a portion of Market Street. Here's what's happening in the Bay Area in 60 seconds

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'It was intentional' | Family driving in Brandon says their car was shot at by BB gun - ABC Action News

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Posted: 10:51 PM, Oct 14, 2019

Updated: 2019-10-14 23:36:54-04

By: WFTS Digital Staff




BRANDON, Fla. -- Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are investigating after a family reported someone shot at their car with a BB gun.

Christine Flores tells ABC Action News that her family was driving on Kings Avenue in Brandon when glass from a backseat window shattered.

Flores believes someone was shooting randomly at cars when it happened around 11:45 p.m. Friday night near Kingswood Elementary School.

"With the shattered glass, it could have hit her, she could be looking, it could have hit any part of her eye," said Flores.

The sheriff's office is investigating but can not confirm if someone has been shooting at cars using a BB gun.

"I know it was something more than just the object hitting it. It was intentional," said Flores.

Flores says her family is now out $500 to repair the window. She hopes whoever is responsible stops before someone is hurt.

"I don’t want that to happen to anybody," said Flores.

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