Weekend Death Ruled Accidental, Victim's Name Released
A 19-year-old Mount Pleasant died over the weekend, and the medical examiner is ruling it an accident.
**Updated 6:30 p.m. March 18
Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne has ruled Lucas P. Michel's death an accident.
"We are still investigating his death and waiting for toxicology reports to come back," Payne said. "But there is no indication this is anything other than an accident."
Mount Pleasant police and rescue personnel were called at 4:45 a.m. Saturday to a home in the 2700 block of North Fancher Road for reports of a young man not waking up, according to a statement from police.
The South Shore Fire Department rescue squad transported Michel to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary's, where he was pronounced dead.
He was 19 years old.
MPPD Capt. Brian Smith said officers are interested in talking with people who may have been with Michel to make sure his death wasn't caused by bad illegal drugs.
"We need to make sure there isn't anything bad on the street," he said. "We're treating this young man's death as suspicious because the death of an otherwise healthy 19-year-old is surprising."
Payne said there is some preliminary evidence of prescription drugs, but couldn't confirm if alcohol was involved. Toxicology reports take about four weeks for results.