Heat may have contributed to after-accident death of a Bluffs man

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June 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man who walked about a half-mile in triple-digit heat following an accident in Omaha Wednesday, may have died from heat-related complications. The Omaha-World Herald says according to a police report, 48-year old Paul E. Tamayo had a core body temperature of110-degrees when he was taken to an Omaha hospital and pronounced dead. The man was driving a car eastbound on Center Street in Omaha, when it went through a construction zone and collided with a large mound of dirt near 67th Street. Investigators say there was no evidence Tamayo had tried to brake before the impact.  The accident happened at around 3:45-p.m. Following the crash, Tamayo got out of his car and walked away before he collapsed just west of 2322 South 64th Ave, or about one-half mile away from the scene of the accident. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed today (Thursday), to determine the cause of death.