With 7 kids dead, Texas leads nation in hot car deaths for 2017

Nearly 50 percent of nation's hot car deaths happened in Texas

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Over the weekend, two Texas children died in hot cars, bringing the total number of hot car deaths in Texas to seven.

As of June 26, Texas led the nation in hot car deaths with seven for 2017, data from San Jose State's Jan Null shows.

More telling of the number is how Texas compares to the nation. Texas' seven hot car deaths make up nearly 50 percent of the national total, which is 15.

The state with the second most hot car deaths for 2017 is Florida with two deaths.

The following Texas children died in hot cars this year. Click their names to read more:

Goodman and Huynh's deaths are the latest hot car deaths in Texas. Huynh's father told authorities he thought he had dropped off his 7-month-old son with the babysitter before he went to work, but when his wife called asking where their son was, he realized his son was still in the car.

Goodman's parents told police their son was playing in an inoperable car outside of his Fort Worth home when he died.

To read more about hot car deaths throughout the nation, see Null's comprehensive report, which is updated daily, HERE.

In an effort to curb the growing number of heat-related deaths, KSAT Community's partner University Health System will give summer safety tips at the Corner Store at 6402 De Zavala Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.


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