Way to not kill so many people this year, folks.
The King County Medical Examiner's Office released its 2009 annual report on Tuesday, detailing data gleaned from 2,137 death investigations. That number includes 199 cases in which the incident leading to death occurred outside the county but the individual died at Harborview Medical Center, a major trauma center serving the entire Pacific Northwest.
Forty-six percent of the 2009 deaths investigated by the office's nine pathologists and 11 scene investigators were natural, according to the report. Nearly 30 percent were classified as accidents and almost 12 percent were suicides.
Traffic deaths accounted for almost 7 percent and homicides, nearly 3 percent, the report says.