Motorcyclist Hit by Lightning in Florida Crashes and Dies

The motorcyclist's helmet was cracked and burned from the lightning strike officials said

The motorcyclist's helmet was cracked and burned from the lightning strike officials said

Florida troopers say an off-duty Virginia state trooper witnessed the lightning strike and its aftermath.

Cpt Montes confirmed that the helmet had been shattered, with scorch marks that indicated that it had been hit by lightning.

A motorcycle rider from Charlotte was killed Sunday when he was struck by lightning and then crashed on a highway near Orlando, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Florida Highway Patrol tweeted a picture of the victim's helmet. "Unfortunately he did not survive the crash", authorities wrote. Law enforcement were able to reopen one of the lanes to cars just before 3 p.m.

However, lightning strikes can leave a person with many long-term health problems, including muscle soreness, headaches, cognitive problems and nausea.

In 2018, there were a total of 20 lightning strike fatalities, nearly all of which occurred during the summer months of May to September.

Since 2016, there have been 10 motorcycle-related lightning deaths, John Jensenius of the National Lightning Safety Council said, although only 10 percent of people struck by lightning are killed.

Out of the estimated 25 million strikes that make land contact in the US each year, only 47 people are killed as a result.

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