County medical examiner releases 2011 report

By luther dorr
Mille Lacs County Times

Dr. A. Quinn Strobl, medical examiner for Mille Lacs County, reported to county commissioners at their Feb. 7 meeting that there was an 11 percent increase in county deaths investigated in 2011.

Strobl told commissioners her office investigated 157 deaths last year, 15 more than in 2010.

Thirty percent (47) of the deaths required a scene investigation, jurisdiction was assumed in 33 cases, and 22 autopsies were performed.

Six of the deaths were due to motor vehicle-related crashes, one with an unusual circumstance.

A person injured in a 1965 accident in Anoka County, in which that person was paralyzed. died from complications from that accident.

There were three motor vehicle deaths in Mille Lacs County in both 2010 and 2009.

Those killed in the vehicle accidents last year ranged in age from 12 to 72.

“Only the 72-year-old was wearing a seat belt,” Strobl told commissioners.

For the full story, see the Thursday, Feb. 16 print edition of the Times.