Hurricane Ian Victim’s Last Moments Revealed in Ghoulish Details, Florida Coroner


Tallahassee — A 96-year-old man from Charlotte County is the oldest victim found under a car during flooding. The deadly path of Hurricane Ian That anger is now revealed in a grim spreadsheet compiled by the state government. Coroner’s Board.

of 68 person list The number of confirmed deaths will surely increase. Rescue and Recovery Efforts Areas continue to be hit by Category 4 storms and flooding after making landfall near Cayo Costa on Florida’s Gulf Coast last Wednesday.

Hurricane Ian's path brought destruction and death.

Hurricane Ian’s path brought destruction and death.

But in a subtly jarring detail, a coroner’s report reveals the final moments of a Floridian’s life caught in one of the most powerful storms in the United States, while the victims are identified by name. Not.

“Decedent was smoking outside his home when a hurricane gust blew him off the porch and hit his head on the concrete steps,” Thursday.

“911 was called but EMS (Emergency Services) was delayed due to bad weather,” the record concludes.

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Most of Hurricane Ian’s deaths were in Lee County

The majority of Hurricane Ian’s deaths (45 people), listed in the coroner’s report, lived in Lee County.

A 54-year-old Lee County man has died while trying to escape rising water. “The decedent was trapped trying to get out the window,” the report said, which was found the day after Hurricane Ian made landfall in nearby Cayo Costa on Wednesday.

The storm’s psychological trauma also claimed at least one casualty, the report said.

“Decedent shot himself after seeing property damage from hurricane,” was the summary of a 73-year-old Lee County man who died Friday.

A 96-year-old man found under a car in Charlotte County was one of five Florida residents over the age of 90 who died in the storm.

The youngest victim, aged 22, was identified in news reports as Tyler Watson of Lake Wales. Watson, a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his junior, the 70-year-old Horsey Sessions, crashed into a fallen tree in Polk County Saturday morning. Session was hospitalized.

Thirty-eight of the victims were over the age of 65. And reports of those who died in Lee County showed how quickly Ian died.

“The decedent was crushed by a sliding glass door and a pool cage,” said a man, apparently 65, who died Friday.

A 73-year-old man found Thursday was “found dead by a neighbor after a hurricane. Storm surges in the area were at least 8 feet high,” the report said.

For many with health problems, the storm has proven too much to overcome.

A 70-year-old Lee County woman with high blood pressure, recovering from a stroke and other medical problems, was “found flooded to her chest.” Her death on Saturday was due to “delayed medical access due to the hurricane.”

An 89-year-old man who died in Lee County on Friday was described as “oxygen dependent.”

“Power was lost and the generator failed,” the coroner’s report concluded. “The decedent cannot use the necessary equipment.”

USA Today Network-Florida reporter Douglas Soule contributed to this report. John Kennedy is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network’s Florida Capital Bureau. He can be reached at [email protected] or @JKennedyReport on Twitter.

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