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Bakersfield Attorney Benjamin Greene dies after 5k run at Hart Park

Posted June 21

— Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene died Tuesday evening while running in a 5k race at Hart Park.

Greene posted on his FB page Tuesday that he was set to run a 5k at Hart Park in 110° heat.

Multiple sources have also confirmed the passing of Greene including his wife Michelle.

On Tuesday, 23ABC News received a call regarding someone who was receiving CPR out at the Bakersfield Track Club.

Other attorneys who were at the run said that Greene appeared fine before his passing.

Greene was also a deputy public defender for Kern County and had been practicing law in Bakersfield for upwards of 10 years.

The Kern County Coroner said that 48-year-old Greene started experiencing complications while running the 5k at Hart Park. Youngblood said that he became unresponsive and started to receive medical aid.

A viewer contacted 23ABC News and said that he's run in the Summer Series for several years and everyone knows the risk involved.

The viewer who wanted to remain anonymous said that the organizers kept telling everyone to stay hydrated.

The viewer said, "(Greene) collapsed at the last water station. That is about 2.8 miles into the race. He only had .3 miles to go. When I got to the water stop he had just went [sic] down. We kept pouring cold water on him to cool him down. He was conscious the entire time. He was just not speaking too much nor did we wanted [sic] him to. A large crowd started to gather but we had to tell everyone to disperse and give him some space. The ambulance did take about 10 minutes to get there after the call was made."

Greene was taken to Kern Medical, but died a short time later.

On June 6, 2017 Greene competed in a similar race at placed 158 out of 299 runners.

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