SAN SIMON — Authorities were called to a fatal bee attack Friday afternoon.
According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 2:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, authorities were called to a medical emergency regarding a bee attack. A sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle transporting the victims while it was traveling at a high speed outside of San Simon. Once the officer stopped the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle said his father had been stung and was allergic to bees.
When the deputy opened the vehicle’s door, he was stung by bees that were still in the car. The deputy located the 73-year-old male victim from Duncan in the back of the car and noted he was unresponsive.
Due to the number of bees in the car, the deputy said it was impossible to conduct CPR. According to the report, the deputy instructed the driver of the vehicle to roll down the vehicle’s windows and follow the deputy a short distance to rendezvous with San Simon Fire Department medics, but the man was unable to be revived.
The driver of the vehicle, a 43 –year-old man from Animas, N.M., survived the incident alongside a third unnamed man. Both were airlifted to Tucson for further treatment. The responding Cochise County Sheriff’s deputy also received medical treatment for bee stings.
According to the report, the bee attack occurred at Atkins Farm Road, where the elderly man and his son were cleaning up scrap piles with a group.
The incident remains under investigation.