Motorcyclist Dies On Florida Highway After Helmet Struck By Lightning

Erika Holt
June 11, 2019

Though the man has not been identified, he is a Charlotte, NC resident according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash, he said.

Florida Highway Patrol tweeted a picture of the victim's helmet.

The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

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An off-duty Virginia State Police trooper reportedly witnessed the lightning strike and the resulting crash, authorities told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.

The unidentified driver's helmet has burn marks and cracks on it, according to FHP. Law enforcement were able to reopen one of the lanes to cars just before 3 p.m.

There have been 10 motorcycle-related lightning deaths across the nation since 2006, said John Jensenius, a lightning expert with NOAA. Reports confirmed that the victim was from North Carolina, but his name has yet to be released to the public. In 2018, 20 individuals lost their lives to lightning strikes in the U.S.

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