Hours After The Assault

On Saturday night police and an emergency crew were called to the home of Elaine Strecker, 47, by her current boyfriend. According to reports she had facial injuries and admitted to police that she had been involved in a physical assault that had taken place elsewhere. But she refused to give them details and she refused medical treatment.

On Sunday morning about 2:40 am her boyfriend again called for assistance. He had awakened and he realized that Elaine Strecker was not breathing.

After an autopsy, the coroner declared her death to be a homicide. She had died from excessive bleeding from the injuries she had received.

Police have made an arrest. They say that Strecker was at the home of a former boyfriend earlier in the day and the two got into a physical altercation. Under arrest and charged with suspicion of 2nd degree assault is 39 year old Kenneth Orlando. Police say they have enough evidence to charge him with the crime, but the investigation is continuing and further charges may be added. Orlando was a former boyfriend of Elaine Strecker, the current boyfriend is the one who called police.

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You should never prejudge before the facts are out. I have to confess when D.P. first posted this at Crime News I noted that it had the earmarks of a DV. Refusal to provide information to the police about the crime, refusing medical aid often are seen with DV. Protection of the abuser often takes precedence over personal health and safety.

She had her own reasons for refusing the assistance. Perhaps fear of being charged herself- because she had been at the former boyfriend’s. Perhaps it was fear of the cost of medical care. Perhaps a fear of retaliation. Perhaps even the thought that the injuries were not that bad.

Head/facial injuries can be very serious and problems may not develop for several hours. Never give up your own personal health/safety to protect an abuser or even to keep from being charged. Get any head injuries checked. If another person is charged in the crime, an application can be made to the Victims of Crime Assistance program for reimbursement of the medical costs.



  1. KatK said,

    February 15, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    The trouble is, if the head injury is bad enough it affects the person’s ability to realize it. I am thinking of personal experience I had with a nasty fall on the ice a decade ago. I had a concussion, but didn’t realize how I couldn’t even think straight. You don’t always initially recall a blow like that, and you just go on as normal. It causes a sort of amnesia, where the person with the injury insists they are “just fine” and refuses medical treatment. I did at first, until my shoulder and back thawed out and really began to hurt several hours later.

    Also, there are tales of people who’ve been hit in the head with a bullet, and never knew it until years later. The case I am thinking of, the guy just thought he had a been hit in the head with a thrown rock, and years later he went in with a severe headache. X-rays showed a bullet, and a healed wound. I can’t find the account of the case, I know I read it from a reliable source at the time. I believe there was another case cited beside that one, of a construction worker who had a mishap with a nailgun and survived. He didn’t know he was hurt at all.

  2. Soobs said,

    February 15, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Boy Home, you sure called this one. Don’t you hate it sometimes, when you are right? 😦

  3. February 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, I wish I was wrong but many times DV is easy to spot.

  4. Becky J said,

    February 16, 2007 at 4:29 am

    As a nurse in a critical care unit it is well known that with head injuries the severity of them are not always caught right away, it takes time for some damage and bleeding to show up on ct scans, if it is a slow bleed it could take up to a week to show symptoms, so it is very important to see a physician right away and follow all instructions even if nothing was found right away, someone should stay with the person if they are not admitted into the hospital to perform neurological checks every hour or so, making sure they wake up easily, arent confused, and all motor functions are working properly.

  5. KatK said,

    February 16, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Yes, and you might have to make them go in to see a doctor, and emphasize to the doctor that they had a blow to the head and can’t assess themselves as well as they think they can. (This is if the person insists they are “just fine” and don’t need to be looked at.)

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