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Police identify Arizona boy, 12, killed hiking in extreme heat

New York Daily News New York Daily News 26/07/2016 ALFRED NG

Even with at least two liters of water, Arizona’s heat was too much for a 12-year-old boy who died hiking in severe weather on Friday.

Police identified the boy as Cody Flom, who passed out hiking the Sidewinder Trail in Phoenix on Friday afternoon in the sweltering heat as temperatures shot above 110 degrees.

Flom was with an adult friend, both carrying at least two liters of water during the blistering hike, AZCentral reported.

The National Weather Service issued an extreme-heat warning from Thursday to Saturday, with temperatures hovering between 111 and 115 degrees at its hottest.

The two were hiking on trail on Friday afternoon when the boy fainted. Flom’s friend first tried carrying him back to safety, officer James Holmes told reporters.

When his cellphone could not reach anyone for help, the adult left Flom on the trail and ran to find emergency assistance.

At about 5 p.m., emergency responders arrived and flew Flom to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he died.

Police are still looking into the 12-year-old boy’s cause of death.

The Maricopa County medical examiner’s office told the Daily News Flom’s autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Heat waves have gripped states across the country this summer, as 2016 is on pace to become the hottest year ever recorded. This year’s June has already broken the heat record for the month.

The Sidewinder Trail is described as the longest trail in the northern region of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, at nearly 7-miles long.

On Hike Arizona, the website cautioned against hiking between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. if temperatures broke 90 degrees, warning that the scorching heat could kill.

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