ENCINITAS,Calif—The 54-year-old man who was killed when a swarm of bees stung him hundreds of times while h was clearing brush with a backhoe was identified Thursday by the medical examiner's office.
Marco Tulio Lazaro was operating a backhoe near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Pacific Ranch Drive about 11 a.m. Wednesday when he disturbed a wild hive and the bees began attacking him, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Henry said.
He ran off and tried to take shelter in a nearby outhouse, according to Henry. Lazaro's nephew, who had been working with him, made a 911 call, and emergency crews found the victim inside the portable lavatory in "full cardiac arrest,'' Henry said.
"The gentlemen had hundreds of bee stings all over his head, chest, abdomen, and arms," Henry said.
Experts say it takes 150 to 300 bee stings to immobilize a person.
Paramedics took Lazaro to Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim suffered hundreds of bee stings all over his body, according to Henry.
"It's a bad day, all the way around, I'm shocked," said Dan Morriati, who lives next door to the victim. "He's just a great guy. He works hard six days a week and obviously he was working when he died, so that's bad."
An exterminator was called to the property to exterminate the hive. He said the hive was well established and was colonized by up to 80,000 bees.
Experts estimate that about 80 percent of the wild bees in San Diego County have interbred with aggressive Africanized bees.