Hiker from Flagstaff dies on White Tanks Mountain trail

BUCKEYE, AZ - Authorities say a hiker from Flagstaff died on a West Valley mountain trail Sunday morning.

Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said a 21-year-old male, 24-year-old male and 21-year-old female started a 10 mile hike around 6:30 a.m. in White Tank Mountain Park west of Phoenix.

About four hours into the hike the 21-year-old male, identified as Justin W. Rodriguez, told his companions he wasn't feeling good and his legs "would not work."

Rodriguez's companions gave him water until he collapsed and lost consciousness, Enriquez said.

One of the other hikers began to administer CPR and 911 was called.

A DPS helicopter and medical crew made it to the hikers' location where they also administered CPR.

Enriquez said the victim went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead.

The helicopter transported the victim and the other two hikers to the end of the trail near the ramadas.

Enriquez said the incident is being called a heat-related death at this time.

Rural Metro Fire Department spokesman Colin Williams said the group did have enough water for the hike.

Williams also said Rodriguez was wearing black jeans and a black shirt.

The death is under investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives.

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