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Winter Springs family struck by lightning kills mother, injures child and dog, police say – Orlando Sentinel

A mother from Winter Springs was killed Thursday after a lightning strike hit her, her child and a dog, according to police.

At 2:20 p.m. the Winter Springs Police Department responded to multiple calls about people possibly being struck by lightning near Trotwood Park.

“It appears that lightning hit a nearby tree, energizing the area and striking the victims,” Captain Doug Seely said in a statement. “Sadly, the mother passed away from the injuries.”

The department said the child and the dog have received treatment and are recovering.

This is the second death this year in Florida caused by lightning, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.

Last month, the death of Julio Lopez, 27, marked the first death in Florida this year. He was mowing a lawn for a family business when lightning struck and killed him by a nearby palm tree.

So far, there have been 13 recorded lighting fatalities across the nation, not including the Winter Springs incident, according to NLSC.

Nationally, lightning deaths have trended downward in recent years with 2018 and 2019 recording 21 fatalities. The following years of 2020 and 2021 both recorded below 20 deaths. However, the NLSC suspects more deaths could’ve occurred but may have been overshadowed in media coverage by COVID-19 reporting.

arabines@orlandosentinel.com



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