Colorado Motorcyclist Dies After
Struck by Lightning
June 22, 2006
A 46-year-old motorcyclist was struck
by lightning and killed while riding in five o'clock rush-hour traffic
between Denver and Boulder, police said.
Missi, of Longmont, Colorado was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses reported seeing a flash shortly before the motorcyclist
struck the center divider on U.S. Highway 36, Wednesday afternoon,
said Tim Read, police spokesman.
The lightning blasted a 4-inch-deep
hole in the highway and send chunks of asphalt flying across the
highway, however, no other injuries were reported.
It is unknown if Missi was killed by
the lightning strike or by the crash that followed. A Coroner's
investigation is under way.
said that Missi's bike was not badly damaged and that he had injuries
consistent with a lighting strike. Missi was wearing a helmet. An
autopsy is pending.
State officials said that there were
more than 2,000 lightning strikes recorded in the state on Wednesday.
The incident occurred during a brief but very powerful thunderstorm
at about 5:12 p.m.