Steamboat woman dies from heatstroke
July 25, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A 60-year-old Steamboat Springs woman died of heatstroke Monday morning.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said the woman fell asleep in the sun for about three hours Sunday, but he wasn't sure what time of day. Ryg said he hoped to release the woman's name Tuesday after her family is notified.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called at 10:54 p.m. to the 400 block of Oak Street. Battalion Chief Mel Stewart said the woman was treated on scene and taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Ryg said the woman was pronounced dead at 12:19 a.m. Monday. In his 15 years with the Coroner's Office, Ryg said he's never seen a death locally from heatstroke.
"This is the first time I've ever experienced this one," he said. "It's very unusual."
Ryg said alcohol wasn't a factor in the woman falling asleep outside. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's high temperature was 86 degrees.