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Bee sting attack turns fatal


March 12, 2014
Afternoon yard work for a 65-year old Valley Center man took a deadly turn on March 6 after he sustained numerous bee stings. The man was clearing brush with his adult son at his property on Montanya Drive when the bees stung him at least three times in the neck. Although he ran away and waved the bees off, he began to develop serious symptoms.

"They just started going back to work in the yard and then he complained about pain in his chest and difficulty breathing, and then he went down," said Sgt. Patrick Shannon at the Valley Center substation of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The incident was first reported at 1:50 p.m. The man was unresponsive and not breathing when first paramedics and sheriff's deputies arrived. They spent approximately 15 minutes attempting CPR and other live-saving techniques, but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:26 p.m.

"The family did indicate that he's been stung by bees before on the property," said Shannon. "He's never been allergic — that doesn't mean that you can't develop an allergy at any time. He did have a lot of health issues, including heart issues."

The cause of death remains under investigation by the San Diego Medical Examiner's Office.

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