Autistic man dies in hot van in suburban Philly

An investigation is underway to determine why the victim was left in a sweltering vehicle for five hours


Associated Press
July 27, 2010 6:42PM (UTC)

Police say a 20-year-old autistic man died after being left in a hot van following a trip to a suburban Philadelphia theme park.

The man was a resident at Woods Services, a Langhorne, Pa.-based organization that provides support and services to people with severe disabilities.

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Middletown Township police say the man was left in the van on the Woods Services campus for five hours after a trip to Sesame Place.

The Bucks County coroner says the victim, Brian Nevins, originally of the New York City borough of Queens, died Sunday of hyperthermia.

A Woods Services spokeswoman says a staff person has been suspended, but the investigation continues.

In November, a 17-year-old Woods resident died when he was struck by at least two cars after falling or jumping from a highway overpass. That death was ruled accidental.


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