Officials say heat contributed to Iowa man’s death


July 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – 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 27th.¬† Douglas County, NE,¬†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.