Grays Harbor Deaths Up for 2011 Including 3 Homicides

    Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 22.4 accidental deaths per year.

 

                    Suicides

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Firearm use                                 5             8             8             10            5

Drug abuse                                 0             3             1               0            0

Others                                        3             3             3               1            1

Totals for year                            8            14           12            11            6

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 11.8 suicide deaths per year

 

                     Traffic Deaths*

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Driver                                          3             2             1             6            7

Passenger                                    3             2             3             2            6

Pedestrian                                   1             0             0             0            1

Totals for year                             7             4            4             8           14

Alcohol and/or drugs              5 of 7      2 of 4      3 of 4      6 of 8     9 of 14   

detected in toxicology            (71%)     (50%)      (75%)     (75%)     (64%)

* Totals maybe different from law enforcement totals due to victims being transported    out of county and then dying within another Coroner or Medical Examiner jurisdiction.

Prior 5 years average for years 2006 – 2010 is 7.8 traffic deaths per year.

 

               

  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                          1             1             0             0             0

Prior 10 year average for years 2001 – 2010 is 1.1 deaths per year.

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 0.6* SIDS deaths per year. *This very significant reduction can be at least partially attributed to a nationwide campaign to educate parents about proper sleeping position and location for infants.

 

                    Homicides

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                         3             0             2             1             1

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 1.2 homicide deaths per year.

 

                   Undetermined

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                         5             8             4             4             4

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 4.6 undetermined deaths per year.

 

                  Natural Deaths

                  (Investigated by Coroner’s Office)

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                        66           48           75         123        108

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 86.4 natural deaths per year.

 

                  Expected Death Under Hospice Care

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                        154         155         149         129         169

Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 145 expected hospice deaths per year.

 

                   No Jurisdictional Assumed

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007*

Totals                                      378        359        343          317          92

* In 2007 not all non-jurisdictional deaths were reported to Coroner.                          Since 2008 all deaths within the county are reported to the Coroner.

 

                 Unclaimed Deceased Persons

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                         7*          11            8             9             3

* Total costs for unclaimed decedents in Grays Harbor County for 2011 was $3,281.53.

The prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 8 unclaimed decedents per year.

 

 

 

                 Autopsies

 

Year                                        2011       2010       2009       2008       2007

Totals                                         47*         55           62           60           55

*Total costs in 2011 for autopsies were $66,761.50 paid to forensic pathologists and $7,050.00 to funeral homes for use of their facilities and their services. State and federal autopsy reimbursement in 2011 was $32,328.08. These reimbursement funds were deposited into the Grays Harbor County General Fund.

*Prior 5 year average for years 2006 – 2010 is 59.6 autopsies per year.