Summit County fatalities up 9 percent in 2012 |

Summit County fatalities up 9 percent in 2012

The number of deaths in Summit County increased nearly 9 percent in 2012 from 2011, with 61 fatalities recorded last year.

More than half of those died of natural causes, the majority from heart failure. There were 20 accidental deaths last year, nine of them skiing related. The Summit County coroner reported six suicides and one homicide during 2012.

The number of fatalities in the county was up from 56 in 2011 and the 10-year average of 56, according to data from the coroner’s office. The deadliest year in the last decade was 2006, when 70 people died.

This year is tracking ahead of 2012. Fifteen people died in Summit County in the first six weeks of 2013, a quarter of the total number of fatalities recorded last year.

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