teen killed by lightning while riding bike
August 26, 2007
Alpharetta, Georgia -A 15-year-old
boy riding his bicycle was killed in Alpharetta on Sunday afternoon
after he was apparently struck by lightning.
Officers were called to a residential complex on Governor's Circle
about 3 p.m. after a woman told dispatchers she saw a man getting
hit by lightning.
Kevin Avalar was lying unconscious in a parking lot, with his bicycle
next to him, Officer George Gordon said.
The boy was taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital, where he was
Strong thunderstorms were passing through the area around the time
that Avalar was struck.
An average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning in the
United States, with summer being the peak period, the National Weather
Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in lightning deaths.
Click here for lightning safety facts from the National Weather
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