23-year-old hiker dies in front of his girlfriend after being attacked by thousands of bees


Alex Bestler 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A young hiker who explored the Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, died in front of his girlfriend after being attacked by thousands of bees.

83-year-old Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, said that the 23-year-old Alex Bestler of Kinder, Louisiana, died after being stung more than 1,000 times.

Elena Gail Collins said that she and Bestler, were hiking the Merkle Memorial Trail around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, when a large swarm of bees suddenly appeared.

Collins managed to escape, and she hid in a bathroom, but Bestler was overtaken by the swarm of bees before he could find shelter.

Another hiker and several park employees found Bestler lying on the ground covered with bees. They tried to approach him, but the aggressiveness of the bees forced them to stay back.

Eventually, the hiker, two firefighters, a police officer and several park employees were able to load him onto a truck still covered with bees.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The family of the victim said that he was allergic to bees.