Officials Say Heat Contributed to Iowa Man's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The extreme heat appears to have contributed to the death of an Iowa man shortly after an Omaha car accident last month.

48-year-old Paul Tamayo, of Council Bluffs, had a core body temperature of 110 degrees when he died on June 27.

Douglas County officials have ruled that Tamayo's high body heat was likely the cause of his death, but the ruling won't be final until toxicology tests are completed.

Tamayo, who worked as a roofer, crashed his car into a dirt mound in an Omaha construction zone. Then police found him collapsed about a half-mile away from the vehicle.

The National Weather Service says the temperature was 101 about the time of the accident.

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