Men Killed by Lightning Strike
in Fort Myers, Florida
August 19, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A fast moving thunderstorm produced a lightning
bolt that struck and killed two roofers as they were working to
replace a roof on a town house that had been damaged by hurricane
The men were likely hit near an eight-inch
hole found in a nearby wall, said officials. Both
men were pronounced dead at the scene Thursday afternoon.
The victims were identified as Carlos
B. Guillen, 28, and Gaspar Garcia, 20. Colonial Roofing general
manager Chris Rakos said the men had worked for the company for
a short time.
They were the second and third fatalities
from lightning strikes in Lee County this year. A 39-year-old man
died when he was struck by lightning on a Bonita Springs golf course
A third man working nearby, Victor
Rivera, 20, ran to a neighboring home for help and was taken to
a hospital for observation, said Lauri McMahon, public information
officer for the Iona-McGregor Fire District.
According to the National Weather Service,
Florida averages about nine lightning deaths a year, the most in