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  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2018: 26
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 2017: 43
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths, 1998-present: 769
  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37

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US Child Vehicular Heatstroke Deaths

CIRCUMSTANCES

An examination of media reports about the 700 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 19-year period (1998 through 2017) shows the following circumstances:

  • 54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (400 Children)
  • 27% - child playing in unattended vehicle (201)
  • 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (137)
  • 1% - circumstances unknown (5)

Demographics of Persons Responsible for Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Vehicles

AGES

The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-October 2016) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total (695) deaths (and the number of deaths).

  • < 1-year old = 32% (225)
  • 1-year old = 22% (154)
  • 2-years old = 20% (137)
  • 3-years old = 13% (92)
  • 4-years old = 6% (42)
  • 5-years old = 3% (23)
  • 6-years old = 1% (9)
  • 7-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 8-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 10-years old = < 1% (3)
  • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
  • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
  • 14-years old = < 1% (3)
  • Unknown = < 1% (1)



# Date City Temp Name Age
26 7/19/2018 Houston, TX 93° Boy 3 yr
25 7/19/2018 West Haven, CT 79° Boy 4 yr
24 7/14/2018 Medina, OH 93° Girl 6 mo
23 7/13/2018 Pembroke Pines, FL 93° Eli Douglas Bird 17 mo
22 7/9/2018 Sweetwater, TN 87° Greg Puckett 3 yr
21 7/7/2018 South Sacramento, CA 95° Alejandro Lopez Jr. 2 yr
20 6/21/2018 Roseburg, OR 81° Remington Engler 21 mo
19 6/20/2018 Willits, CA 80° Chergery Teywoh Lew Mays 18 mo
18 6/19/2018 Kingsland, GA 92° Slade Edison Horne 7 mo
17 6/15/2018 Spartanburg, SC 91° King Trammel 1 yr
16 6/14/2018 Vancleave, MS 89° Kash Barhonovich 10 mo
15 6/9/2018 Crittenden, KY 95° Lillian Danielle Kerr 2 yr
14 6/8/2018 Raleigh, NC 87° Hakeem Mussa 7 mo
13 6/4/2018 Baytown, TX 91° Maria Solorio 8 mo
12 6/3/2018 Anderson, IN 90° Hannah Grace Miller 3 yr
11 5/31/2018 Pelzer, SC 85° Joe Avery James Lockaby 18 mo
10 5/23/2018 East Nashville, TN 90° Katera Barker 1 yr
9 5/18/2018 Andalusia, AL 91° Layla Dees 4 yr
8 5/16/2018 Eagle Pass, TX 99° Girl 7 mo
7 5/15/2018 Shreveport, LA 91° Addyson Blackburn 6 mo
6 5/10/2018 Chesterfield, VA 83° Girl 5 mo
5 5/10/2018 Chesterfield, VA 83° Boy 5 mo
4 4/3/2018 North Charleston, SC 84° Jack Duggan 10 mo
3 3/262018 Superior, AZ 71° Michael Lorenzo Velasquez 2 yr
2 3/262018 Superior, AZ 71° Brooklyn Velasquez 9 mo
1 2/28/2018 Miami, FL 81° Damon Cruz 1 yr

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