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.