NC motorcyclist hit by lightning in Florida crashes, dies

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LAS VEGAS – JULY 21: Lightning strikes north of Sunrise Mountain during a storm July 21, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Authorities in Florida say lightning struck a motorcyclist on a Florida interstate, causing a crash and his death.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells news outlets the lightning strike hit the driver Sunday afternoon as he rode southbound on Interstate 95, cracking the 45-year-old’s now-burning helmet and sending him off the roadway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene in east-central Florida.

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

WOGX-TV says authorities confirmed the motorcyclist is a 45-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina.

His identity wasn’t immediately released.

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