Florida mother dies after child’s lightning strike outside school

One person has died and two others have been hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Winter Springs. Reports indicate it happened near 1300 Park Villa Place, behind Keeth Elementary. The Seminole County Fire Department said the victims were a mother, her child and an 18-year-old. Winter Springs police said the mother who accompanied the child died. Capt. Doug Seely, of the Winter Springs Police Department, said the mother and other family members were sitting by a tree in Trotwood Park waiting for a child to be released from school when the lightning struck. Officials said the child and the 18-year-old are expected to recover. A dog was also involved in the lightning strike. We were told the dog was taken to the Oviedo Veterinary Clinic and appeared to be fine. A mother told WESH 2 that her son had been released before the delay and the storm struck suddenly. “We had to run because it was so bad. We were down there and all I heard was a big bang,” said Nicole Altonen, a parent. The district tweeted that Keeth Elementary School would have counselors on campus Friday to support students and staff. ,’ and I thought, ‘Oh no, something’s happening,'” said Hope Reynolds, a parent. Another parent, Joe White, said he was about 5 feet away when it happened. “It sounds kind of cliche, but you just wanted to help. People were not reachable. Call 911. I already had my phone off,” White said. Reynolds said the child who was injured was a friend of her own daughter. “At first I didn’t even realize it was her, but when she started coming around a little bit more, I could see a little bit more of her face, and I said, ‘Oh god, this is her.’ It was truly breathtaking. It was definitely heartbreaking,” Reynolds said. The victim was on people’s minds this morning. There were many hugs for the crossing guard on the edge of Trotwood Park. He was there when the incident happened, and he was back this morning helping families walk to Keeth Elementary. “Beautiful, wonderful woman, beautiful family,” said Cathie Penfold Navarro. Penfold Navarro did not know the victim personally, but went to lay flowers anyway. “The Keeth family is a vibrant family, they do all kinds of activities. This park is the community hub. We all have hundreds of memories of this park. And it’s so sad that someone’s family has been hurt so tragically,” Penfold Navarro said. feelings.” It’s terrible. A friend, a family, will never be the same. And my husband was here with my 9 month old and sophomore, and it’s tragic. The entire Keeth community is shocked by this,” said Jessie Andrews, a parent. Watch the press conference below: In July, a 27-year-old man died after being struck by lightning in Volusia County in July. A 14-year-old girl narrowly survived after she was struck by lightning in early June Florida summers are always electric as the heat builds those afternoon storms First responders said the flat landscape makes the area and the people in it prone to lightning strikes.

One person has died and two others have been hospitalized after being struck by lightning in Winter Springs.

According to reports, it happened near 1300 Park Villa Place, behind Keeth Elementary.

The Seminole County Fire Department said the victims are a mother, her child and an 18-year-old.

Winter Springs police said the mother who accompanied the child has died.

Captain Doug Seely, of the Winter Springs Police Department, said the mother and other family members were sitting by a tree in Trotwood Park waiting for a child to be released from school when the lightning struck.

Officials said the child and the 18-year-old are expected to recover.

A dog was also involved in the lightning strike. We were told the dog was taken to the Oviedo Veterinary Clinic and appeared to be fine.

A mother told WESH 2 that her son had been released before the delay and the storm struck suddenly.

“We had to run because it was so bad. We were down there and all I heard was a big bang,” said Nicole Altonen, a parent.

The district tweeted that Keeth Elementary School would have counselors on campus Friday to support students and staff.

“I don’t even know why I was looking, but I saw people on the ground, and someone waved over the crossing guard like ‘Help,’ and I thought, ‘Oh no, something’s happening,'” Hope Reynolds, one parent said.

Another parent, Joe White, said he was about 5 feet away when it happened.

“It sounds a bit cliche, but you just wanted to help. People were out of reach. Call 911. I already had my phone off,” White said.

Reynolds said the child who was injured was a friend of her own daughter.

“At first I didn’t even realize it was her, but when she started coming around a little bit more, I could see a little bit more of her face, and I said, ‘Oh god, this is her.’ It was truly breathtaking. It was definitely heartbreaking,” Reynolds said.

The victim was on people’s minds this morning.

There were many hugs for the crossing guard on the edge of Trotwood Park.

He was there when the incident happened, and he was back this morning helping families walk to Keeth Elementary.

“Beautiful, wonderful woman, beautiful family,” said Cathie Penfold Navarro.

Penfold Navarro did not know the victim personally, but went to lay flowers anyway.

“The Keeth family is a vibrant family that does all kinds of activities. This park is the center of the community. We all have hundreds of memories of this park. And it’s so sad that someone’s family was so tragically injured,” said Penfold Navarro.

Others also shared feelings.

“It’s terrible. A friend, a family, will never be the same. And my husband was here with my 9 month old and sophomore, and it’s tragic. The whole community of Keeth is shocked by this,” Jessie Andrews, a parent , said.

Watch the press conference below:

In July, a 27-year-old man died after being struck by lightning in Volusia County in July.

A 14-year-old girl barely survived after being struck by lightning in early June.

Florida summers are always electric when the heat builds up those afternoon storms. First responders said the flat landscape makes the area and the people in it prone to lightning strikes.

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