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Desert Vista Trail Head (Phoenix Fire Department)
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Woman pronounced dead at hospital after collapsing on North Phoenix trail

Desert Vista Trail Head (Phoenix Fire Department)

A 28-year-old woman was helicoptered off of a North Phoenix trail Sunday after she collapsed and stopped breathing while mountain biking with two friends. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Around 9 a.m., the woman, who was described as an “avid hiker” and personal trainer, became exhausted 1 mile from the trailhead when she could not continue. Her two companions, who are doctors, began CPR when she stopped breathing and lost a pulse, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Rescue crews made contact with the group at the Desert Vista Trail, near Interstate 10 and Jomax Road and helicoptered the woman off the trail and transported her to the hospital.

The fire department received a heat-related medical call and the cause has been indicated as heat-related.

According to Larry Suberbi, captain public informations officer of the Phoenix Fire Department, rapid cooling measurements were taken and her temperature was so hot that they were unable to read it.

The group of three bikers had water, according to Phoenix Fire.

Phoenix is expected to set records highs Sunday with temperatures pushing 120 degrees. The previous high of 115 was set in 1968.

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