31-Year-Old Woman Discovered Unconscious Following Napa Earthquake Has Died

By Mario Sevilla

Sun Aug 24th, 2014 9:25pm America/Los_Angeles

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NAPA (KRON) — The parents of a 31-year-old woman who was discovered unconscious following a powerful earthquake that struck the wine country early Sunday morning have told KRON 4 News that she has died.

At about 3:20 a.m., Leigh McDermott’s mother said that after the earthquake, she and her husband inspected their home for damage. They both went to their daughter’s bedroom and found her unconscious. The mother called 911 and paramedics transported McDermott to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

McDermott was on life support but heart stopped beating and she was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m., according to her mother.

Her mother told KRON 4 News that McDermott’s bedroom seemed unaffected by the earthquake but she isn’t sure if anything may have fallen on her daughter during the quake.

Hospital officials said that McDermott’s death appeared unrelated to this morning’s quake.

McDermott’s mother said that her daughter went to sleep with a headache Saturday night and the night before. The family said they are awaiting autopsy results to see if perhaps she had a brain aneurysm or if something may have hit her during the earthquake. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine McDermott’s cause of death.

Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 quake that hit in Southern Napa County at 3:20 a.m. The USGS reported that the quake was centered in American Canyon, not far from the famed Napa wine valley region.

The powerful jolt injured 208 people, at least three people including a child, were critically wounded. According to officials, the 13-year-old child was hurt when a chimney collapsed on him.

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