Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – 5 Reported Dead in Florida Motel Accidental Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Incident

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Five teenage males were found dead in a South Florida hotel, the teenagers were reported to have died by carbon monoxide poisoning. The bodies were identified as Juchen C. Martial, 19; Peterson Nazon, 17; Jonas Antenor, 17; Jean Pierre Ferdinand, 16; and Evans Charles, 19. The five men were described as very close friends and all lived within blocks of each other in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. According to police, the boys purchased the hotel room so they could celebrate Juchen Martial’s nineteenth birthday. Friends of the teens told police the car had engine trouble in the past, therefore, they probably left the car running overnight so they would not be stuck without a ride at checkout time.
The medical examiner determined the cause of the death to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities were called by a maid who looked through the window of the hotel room and found the boys unconscious; she called out to them but they were unresponsive. In the maid’s call to 9-1-1 she stated the room had a strong smell of gasoline, one she described as an “awful stench.” The car was found running in a garage located underneath the hotel room. A door in the staircase leading up to the hotel room was left open, which let the high levels of carbon monoxide inside the room. No drugs, alcohol or other signs of foul play were found by police. Two of the boys were found lying on the bed and the other three were found seated on the floor with fast food bags in their laps. A tragic sight and ending to five lives that were described by the families as “good boys.” If you would like to read more on this story please see 5 teenage boys found dead in South Florida hotel.
Due to the fact carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common type of fatal air poisoning in many countries. The most common types of symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and signs of increased weakness. In infants, common symptoms include irritability and poor feeding. Confusing, disorientation, visual impairment and seizures are also other types of symptoms.

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