Possible lightning strike leaves one man dead, another injured

Possible lightning strike leaves one man dead, another injured (WPEC)

A possible lightning strike has killed one man and left another is fighting for his life.

The surviving victim is still in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

A neighbor says two men were in a wooded area cutting a tree, when several lightning bolts rocked the neighborhood.

“I was in my backyard, just letting my dog out and boom, boom, boom. It was bad,” resident Jamil Linares said.

Linares, a landscaper from Lake Worth, happened to be at home about 2:45 p.m. when a lightning storm erupted.

He says he grabbed the dog and ran inside.

“You can’t play with Mother Nature. Lightning is crazy. You can’t control it,” Linares said.

He says two men, who he recognized as a father and son who work for a local pest control company, were in a wooded area across the street.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says one of them died from the suspected lightning blast, the other badly injured.

As detectives combed the scene on Pierce Drive, a pest control pickup truck remained parked on the side of the road.

“They were at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Linares said.

Others who live nearby also heard the lightning.

“All of a sudden, I just hear like a big bang and I see the windows shaking,” resident Lorelei Morales said.

Investigators have not said if the men were struck directly by a lightning bolt or if it hit the ground or a tree near where they were standing.

“It really sounded like a bomb had went off or something,” resident Christine Chichester said.

“It sounded like this. Boom,” 6-year-old Isabella Chichester said.

One woman says just minutes earlier, she had gone for a bike ride with her dog Rexie in the same area near the corner of 22nd Avenue North and Pierce Drive.

“That could’ve been us. That’s horrible and I feel so sorry for their families, you know? God bless them and everyone. It’s scary,” resident Jessica Cooper said.

Investigators have not released the names of the victims.

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