Details emerge about death of North High School senior after prom

Anna Jaskulka

Police released more information about the death of Anna Jaskulka, the 18-year-old senior at North High School who died May 21 after returning to her Maplewood home from prom at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.

At the time of the incident, Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell said that police knew alcohol was involved in her death, but it was uncertain if other substances were also in the mix. 

Nearly two months later, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined it was a combination of alcohol and prescription medications that caused Jaskulka’s death, according to a July 20 Maplewood police press release.
The official cause of death, the release says, was “mixed drug toxicity.”

According to Schnell, the medications Jaskulka took were antidepressants, and he said police believe they were the same ones she was prescribed to take.

Schnell added that police found no indications Jaskulka was suicidal. 

“It’s the combination that was deadly,” Schnell said, adding that with the absence of either the alcohol or the antidepressants, the death would not have occurred.

The night of the incident, Jaskulka’s parents reportedly drove her home from prom at the Landmark Center. They last saw her 15 minutes before finding her unresponsive. 

She was in full cardiac arrest when Maplewood emergency responders arrived at her home in the 2300 block of Schadt Drive in Maplewood at around 11 p.m.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate Jaskulka in her home, but she was ultimately transported to the Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury where she was pronounced dead.

Jaskulka was only about two weeks away from graduating from North High School at the time of her death. Although the cause of her death has been determined, the investigation remains open.

“This is an underage person. If she was provided alcohol, we would like to know how that came about,” Schnell said.

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