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Area doctor injured, mother killed during boating accident

Posted by wlpo on September 9, 2010

An apparent boating accident has left an area radiologist injured and his mother dead.

60 year old Dr. Merle Piacenti of Peru was flown to a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota after the accident Wednesday morning on Long Lake in northwestern Wisconsin.

Bill Yearman with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says they received a 911 call from a neighbor.  Investigators say Merle was noticeably injured and appeared confused.  His mother, 82 year old Betty Piacenti of Ladd was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident is under investigation.

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