Heat May Be a Factor in Cyclist Death

Saturday, Jul 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:21 PM EDT
Heat May Be a Factor in Cyclist Death


It was a scorcher out there and the heat was claiming lives.


A 20-year-old man biking in Maryland has died after going into cardiac arrest and authorities suspect heat could
be a factor.

Prince George's County Fire and Rescue officials say the man seemed to have gone unconscious while biking around 11:15 a.m.

They say witnesses saw the man hit his head on a tree as he fell from his bike.
Paramedics found the man in cardiac arrest and displaying possible signs of heat-related illness.

They took him to Fort Washington Hospital Center but he died shortly after arriving.

Paramedics said in a press release that high temperatures and humidity ``more than likely'' played a role in the death. Area
temperatures were in the 90s when the incident occurred.

There is a National Weather Service excessive heat warning for the D.C. area, including parts of Maryland and Virginia.

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