Democrat Lisa McCormick is warning that at least 21 hot car deaths have been reported in the United States so far this year alone, according to noheatstroke.org.
“Samaria Kay Motyka was a 4-year-old Pennsylania girl who died when her babysitter left her in a car instead of taking her to daycare on a hot summer day,” said McCormick.
The child died July 22, 2016 when the temperature in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, reached 97 degrees during the Northeast region’s longest heat wave since 2013.
Authorities are said to be waiting for toxicology results from an autopsy conducted at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, PA, to decide if the babysitter should face criminal charges.
“This tragic incident is just one of many across America that have been reported in recent weeks,” said McCormick, a Rahway mother who has been speaking out on issues of concern.
She said these tragedies are easy to prevent, as long as people use common sense and care, but a small oversight can have terrible consequences.
“A 3-year-old boy died in an SUV parked outside Rehoboth Praise Assembly while his family was attending an afternoon service at the East Dallas church,” said McCormick. “The boy’s mother and father went in separate groups when they arrived at the church and failed to realize the child was missing until 45 minutes later.”
The Texas boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An average of 37 yearly U.S. child heatstroke fatalities have been reported since 1998,” said McCormick.
Experts warn motorists to always lock parked cars and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. They say parents should teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
McCormick said motorists should also remember not to leave pet animals in cars parked, either in glaring sunlight or even shade, during hot days.