How they died: Medical examiners release causes of death for Ian victims

Published: October 7, 2022 11:49 AM EDT
Updated: October 7, 2022 12:07 PM EDT
[FILE PHOTO] A business near Bonita Beach suffered great damage after Hurricane Ian came through. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Ninety-two people across Florida so far died in storm-related deaths due to Hurricane Ian.

In Lee County, 50 people died in storm-related deaths, the Florida Medical Examiners Commission found.

That number could grow as search and rescue operations continue. While how the victims died was released, their identities have not.

The majority of the deaths in Lee County were attributed to drowning, according to the Florida Medical Examiners Commission.

In Lee County, victims were as old as 95 and as young as 40. In those cases, a 95-year-old man died because of the delay in medical services because of the hurricane. He died on Saturday. The 40-year-old was a woman who drowned. Her death was reported to have happened on Monday.

The locations where these victims were found were not released by the commission.

An 87-year-old man was found submerged in a car, having drowned but also suffering blunt force trauma. He reportedly died on Sept. 30. Another woman, whose age is unknown, was found the same day, floating in 7 feet of water. A 92-year-old man, who also drowned, was found under 3-feet of water.

More than half of the victims in Lee County drowned. Others had more violent deaths.

A 62-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her manufactured home. She sustained blunt force trauma to her torso and also drowned.

At least two men, ages 70 and 73, died by suicide in Lee County, medical examiners determined.

In Collier County, five people were killed. A 37-year-old woman drowned on Sept. 29, a day after Ian struck Southwest Florida. Two others, a 73-year-old woman and a 64-year-old woman, drowned on the day of the storm, Sept. 28.

A Collier County woman died that same day because she fell while she evacuated. She was 63 years old. And a 58-year-old man died of exertion. He died on Monday.

And in Charlotte County, two died because of Ian. A 90-year-old man died from head trauma. The date of his death was not provided by the medical examiner. A 96-year-old man, one of the hurricane’s oldest victims, drowned.

Hardee saw four storm-related deaths, while Hendry saw one person lose their life.

In Hardee, the deaths were spread across younger individuals. Four men between the ages of 20 and 35 all drowned.

In Hendry County, a 72-year-old man died because of inaccessible emergency medical services. He was found on Sept. 29.