OCOTILLO — The director of the University of California San Diego Regional Burn Center died here Wednesday shortly after a sheriff's deputy found the man stopped alongside Imperial Highway and in need of medical attention.
Imperial County Chief Deputy Coroner Rick Macken said that a sheriff's deputy, on routine patrol in the area, discovered Dr. John F. Hansbrough, 55, along Imperial Highway about one mile north of Interstate 8.
Macken said Hansbrough was not thought to be dead when he was found by the deputy, but he was not responsive.
Medical crews were called to the scene and did try to revive Hansbrough, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at about 12:30 p.m. The cause of his death was unknown as of this morning and an autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday.