Motorcyclist Killed by Lightning Strike While Cruising Down Florida Highway

Saul Bowman
June 11, 2019

The unnamed 45-year-old biker was riding south on I-95 just north of Daytona Beach in Volusia County Sunday afternoon when a lightning bolt struck his helmet, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The lightning strike caused the man to leave the roadway and crash, troopers said.

The Florida Highway Patrol posted a photo of the 45-year-old man's damaged helmet, which appeared to be cracked and burned.

So far, authorities have decided not to release the victim's name.

Then, just seconds before the crash, lightning was seen striking the man's helmet just seconds before his crash.

An off-duty Virginia trooper reportedly saw the strike happen. "Unfortunately he did not survive the crash".

Officers from the Ormond Beach Police Department and Volusia County Sheriff's Office were in attendance at the scene, responding to calls at the cordoned off area before investigations were handed over in full to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Out of the estimated 25 million strikes that make land contact in the USA each year, only 47 people are killed as a result. Hundreds more are injured by lightning strikes each year and some can suffer lifelong neurological impairment as a result of the strikes. In 2018, 20 individuals lost their lives to lightning strikes in the U.S.

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