Motorcyclist Killed After Struck By Lightning In Florida


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A motorcyclist was killed in Florida after lightning cracked his helmet and sent him off the road Sunday.

The 45-year-old North Carolina man was driving south bound on Interstate 95 when he was struck, ABC News reported Monday. Officials said the man was killed at the scene.

An off-duty Virginia state trooper reportedly saw the incident, according to ABC. The man’s identity has not been disclosed. (RELATED: ‘Tough Decision’: Little Boy Explains Why He Missed The School Bus In Viral Letter To Mom)

The chances of getting hit by a lightning bolt in a given year is 1/1,222,000, according to the National Weather Service data based on averages between 2009 and 2018. Nearly 50 people on average are killed by lightning in the U.S per year.

A New York man was recently thrown 20 feet in the air after getting hit by a lightning bolt, but evaded life-threatening injuries.

The National Weather Service makes several recommendations for lightning safety including avoiding open fields and to pull over and wait a half hour after the last thunder before riding on a bike or motorcycle.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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