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Heat victim, 59, ID'd

man who died in fiery crash still unnamed

July 02, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Imperial County Sheriff's Office coroner investigators have released the name of a 59-year-old Imperial woman who died of environmental hyperthermia.

Deputy Coroner Gary Hayes said Pamela Hartman died the morning June 22.

Hayes said the body of Hartman was found about 1 a.m. June 22 after a neighbor apparently reported to Imperial police that Hartman had not been seen for awhile.

Hartman was found on the floor of her residence on North Imperial Avenue.

She had an extremely high body temperature. Hayes said the air-conditioning unit was not running when police found the body.

Hartman was reported to have had a history of mental illness.

In an unrelated incident, the identity of a man who died Thursday in a vehicular accident on Highway 111 east of Imperial still has not been determined.

The man died after the pickup he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer rig. His vehicle burst into flames after the accident.


Investigators were unsure if the man died as a result of the collision or the fire that engulfed the pickup.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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