Apex police say man was left alone in van for 6 hours in afternoon heat

From staff reportsJuly 9, 2013 

— A man from a group home was left alone in a van for about six hours in the middle of the day Friday after workers didn’t notice him and parked the vehicle, police said Tuesday.

Curtis Williams, 35, was left alone in the hot vehicle when workers failed to notice he was not with five other people who had been dropped off for a work assignment in Fuquay-Varina that morning, Apex police Capt. Ann Stephens said. The workers returned to the group home at 306 N. Mason St. in Apex, parked the van and left.

A different group of workers found Williams in the van at 3 p.m. when they arrived to go get the residents in Fuquay-Varina. They called for EMS medics who, in turn, called police.

Williams appeared to be suffering from heat stroke and was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released, Stephens said.

The home for developmentally disabled adults is operated by VOCA Corporation of North Carolina, according to state health department records.

Stephens said the van was working properly and could have been opened from the inside, but she could not discuss why Williams could not or did not do that.

Police decided not to file criminal charges after conferring with the Wake County District Attorney’s office, Stephens said.

The high temperature Friday afternoon at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 89 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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