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ENCINITAS, Calif. (CBS 8 / AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed by hundreds of bee stings in a field near San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas Wednesday.

The county coroner's office says the victim of Wednesday's attack was 54-year-old Marco Tulio Lazaro.

Encinitas Deputy Fire Chief Scott Henry says the man was operating a backhoe to clear brush when he was attacked by bees.

Lazaro ran about 200 yards to an outhouse in an attempt to escape. Henry says firefighters found him in full cardiac arrest.

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (CBS 8) - A swarm of bees attacked and killed a 54-year-old man working in a field near San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas Wednesday, officials said.

The man was operating a backhoe near Manchester Avenue and Pacific Ranch Drive at about 11 a.m. when he apparently disturbed a hive. He exited the backhoe and ran to a nearby shed to escape the bees. His nephew, who was working with him, called 911.

When emergency crews located the victim inside the shed, he was in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics attempted to remove stingers from the man's skin while performing CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The victim had suffered hundreds of bee stings, according to officials.

http://www.cbs8.com/global/story.asp?s=12662729

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"Bee experts say the hive Lazaro hit had been there for at least three years and was packed with either African bees or a hybrid swarm.

"There were at least 40,000 bees in the colony, maybe 60,000," a bee expert said.
 
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