Postal carrier dies from stroke after attack by pit bull

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities released the name Thursday of a 59-year-old letter carrier who died from complications of a stroke she suffered immediately after getting attacked by a pit bull while on her rounds in a North County neighborhood.

Diane Jansen of Sun City was pronounced dead at a hospital on Sunday evening, 3 1/2 days after the dog attack, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy determined that the cause of her death was a hemorrhagic stroke, with contributing factors of cardiovascular disease and dog bites to her legs, the coroner reported.

Jansen, a 5 1/2-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, was working her normal delivery route when the terrier attacked her near the intersection of Carlann Lane and East Washington Avenue in Escondido last Thursday morning.

The animal, which was not on a leash, was in a residential garage with several children just before it went after the postal worker, according to police Lt. Chris Wynn, who said the dog “just shot out of the … partially closed garage door.”

While medics were treating the victim at the scene, her speech began to slur and she eventually became unresponsive, according to a statement from the medical examiner.

Jansen was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where physicians determined that she had a brain hemorrhage and admitted her to the intensive-care unit with a poor prognosis. She was removed from life support Saturday afternoon and died about 7:45 p.m. the next day.

The dog was impounded by animal-control personnel and euthanized, according to Wynn. Its owners were not cited, since police determined that no crime had occurred, the lieutenant said.

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