TEEN DIES AFTER FALLING ASLEEP IN CAMPER SHELL FOR 3 HOURS
SPRINGVILLE -- A Springville teen died Saturday afternoon after he fell asleep inside a camper shell of a pickup truck for more than three hours.Killed was:
Chuck Swarts, 17, Springville.
Swarts decided to take a nap inside the truck, following a camping outing, about 1 p.m., police say. At 4:30 p.m., a friend found him underneath blankets, sweating and having difficulty breathing. Swarts, who was going to be a senior at Springville High School this fall, died later that afternoon.
Though the state medical examiner's office has not yet determined the official cause of death, temperatures outside were in the upper 80s. Investigators do not know the temperature inside the camper shell during the time the boy was inside, according to Springville Police Lt. Dave Caron.
Swarts had spent the previous evening camping with friends at Hobble Creek Canyon. After they returned to Springville early Saturday afternoon, Swarts told friends he wanted to continue sleeping inside the truck. One friend, who had gone into a home to sleep, returned hours later to check on Swarts.
"The boy was covered in blankets and had been sweating profusely," Caron said. "He was lapsing in and out. The friend pulled him out of the truck, tried to cool him off with water and called emergency services."
CPR was performed by friends after Swarts stopped breathing completely.
He was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Caron said people should be careful about staying inside a vehicle in sweltering heat. "It doesn't take much," he said. "That's why we're told not to lock kids or pets in cars when it's hot."
OREM YOUTH FACES CHARGES OF CULTIVATING MARIJUANA
OREM -- A 16-year-old Orem boy is facing multiple charges for allegedly cultivating marijuana in his bedroom closet.
Authorities charged the boy with drug cultivation, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all in a drug-free zone, said Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards. The residence is near a junior high on 2000 North.
Acting on a tip from relatives, police discovered seeds, lights and growing pads in a locked closet of the boy's room. The seeds were in various stages of germination, according to Edwards.