Coroner’s Findings: Woodland Hills mail carrier died of overheating

A veteran U.S. Postal Service carrier, found unresponsive in her non-air-conditioned mail truck amid record-breaking heat in Woodland Hills this summer, died from overheating, according to coroner’s officials.

Peggy Frank, 63, of North Hills died on July 6 of hyperthermia, or abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment, according to Lt. Nani Cholakians of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

The temperature hit 117 degrees in Los Angeles’ Woodland Hills community that day. It is unclear when she was found, but records say she was pronounced dead on scene at 3:35 p.m.

“I’m sorry that happened,” Frank’s sister, Lynn Calkins, who had shared a townhome with her sister for years until her death, said Monday upon hearing the cause of death. “I would never want anything to have happened to Peggy. I loved her.”

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