HMN-One male appearing to be in his 20’s was found dead inside of a vehicle in the college parking garage. Authorities noted the strong smell of sulfur at the scene. Pasadena Now provides more.
A male in his 20s was found deceased inside a car on the third story of a parking structure at Pasadena City College Wednesday afternoon near Cordova and Hill Street in what appears to be a suicide by toxic chemicals, according to the Pasadena Fire Department.
The Pasadena Fire Department received a call at approximately 11:00 a.m. from an individual on campus at Pasadena City College who reported what they believed to be an unconscious man inside a black Honda parked on the roof level of the school’s parking structure. The car bore notes which said “Stay away. Call 911.”
According to the department’s spokesperson, Lisa Derderian, there was a strong smell of sulfur from the vehicle which prompted a hazardous material response from neighboring jurisdictions from the cities of Glendale and Burbank.
“We have to be very methodical in the way we approach the vehicle because of some suspicious signage that was posted in the vehicle,” said Derderian.
The Pasadena Police Department assisted the campus police in evacuating people and vehicles from the parking structure while the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad deployed a bomb detection robot to the car to assess what hazardous materials were inside.
Hazardous materials team personnel proceeded to package the materials located inside the car around 1:30 p.m.
“We haven’t gotten an exact name of the chemicals used other than the strong odor of sulfur,” said Derderian.
The Pasadena Fire Department confirmed via Twitter around 2:45 p.m. that a male in his 20s was deceased and the situation posed no threat to the public.
The campus remained open and operational throughout the incident, with the exception of the Lot 4 parking structure itself.
“I think the intent was to hurt himself and to warn other people to stay away,” said Derderian.
The response by the Fire Department was, Derderian said, quite different today from procedures used even in the recent past.
“In this day and age we have to be very methodical. Even just several years ago we would approach it differently than we would now not knowing what else could be inside the vehicle,” said Derderian.
The individual has not yet been identified, according to the Pasadena Police Department.
The Pasadena Fire Department responded to an incident with similar circumstances in 2008, according to Derderian, when a man was found dead with chemicals inside his car which bore signage urging people to call 9-1-1 and to stay away from the vehicle.