Pomona: Heat Related Toddler Death

3-year old left in hot car by accident

Image Courtesy:  Google

Image Courtesy: Google

Staff Reports

Pomona – On Sun., June 21, at approximately 4:55 p.m., the Pomona Police Department received a 911 call regarding a heat-related injury on Rancho Jurupa Place.

Upon arrival, a female child was found unconscious in a vehicle after a family outing. The victim was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital in grave condition, but never regained consciousness and died as a result of the incident.

According to the Pomona Police Department, investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.  Initial findings are consistent with this incident being a tragic accident.  The parents and other siblings all believed that the victim – Kiara Li, 3, of Pomona, exited the vehicle at the same time as everyone else.

An autopsy and additional information related to his accident are still pending.

According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a car’s windows act like a greenhouse, trapping sunlight and heat.  On a summer day – when temperatures outside range from 80 to 100 degrees, cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures of up to 131 to 172 degrees – and dangerous, life-threatening temperatures can escalate within ten minutes of closing up the car – even with the windows rolled down slightly. Unfortunately, 25 children die each year from being trapped unattended in a hot vehicle.

The Pomona Police Department would like to remind citizens that this is a tragedy that can be prevented.  Be sure to check vehicles completely before exiting, and never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended – even for a moment!