Associated Press Jun. 22, 2006 10:00 AM
Westminster, Colo. - A motorcyclist died after he was struck by lightning while riding in rush hour traffic between Denver and Boulder, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a flash of light shortly before the motorcyclist struck the center divider on U.S. 36 Wednesday, police spokesman Tim Read said.Gary Missi, 46, of Longmont was pronounced dead at the scene.
A coroner's investigation was under way to determine whether the lightning bolt, the collision or something else caused his death, Read said. The lightning blasted a 4-inch-deep hole in the highway and sent chunks of asphalt hurtling across the highway.
Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian man who was talking on a mobile phone while riding his motorcycle was killed when struck by a bolt of lightning, news reports said Wednesday.
The man, 39, was believed to have lodged the phone between his ear and helmet and was speaking on the phone.
Passersby said he was thrown from the motorcycle after being struck by bolt, the New Straits Times daily reported.
The victim was immediately sent to a nearby hospital in the southern Seremban city, but was pronounced dead on arrival, a police spokesman was quoted as saying.
Police are investigating the accident.
Vic motorcyclist struck by lightning
A motorcyclist has been struck by a bolt of lightning at a property near Warragul in Gippsland, Victoria. The 20-year-old woman suffered minor burns when the lightning hit her on the head and then exited through the chest and thigh. Rural Ambulance officer Warwick Bone says she was in a lot of pain.
"She did get some minor burns from studs that she had in her clothing as the lightning had passed down through the body," he said."It looks for a way to get out and metal's a good conductor of electricity, so it comes out through the studs and burnt her around the waist."
One killed, two hurt by lightning
[edited out part about two construction workers hurt by lightning because this post is about motorcyclists and it's my blog]
This is the second reported incident in as many days of a person killed by lighting. In Seremban on Tuesday, a motorcyclist was killed when he was struck by lightning while riding his motorcycle. Mohd Faiser Baharin, 39, was on his way to his Felda Sendayan home when he was killed.