read a quick thing in the local paper today about a biker near Denver getting zapped and killed whilst riding? there were eyewitnesses, according to the news article. has anyone ever heard of that before. new one for me...
June 22, 2006
WESTMINSTER, Colorado - A motorcyclist died after apparently being struck by lightning while riding in rush hour traffic on a highway between Denver and Boulder, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing a flash of light shortly before the motorcyclist struck the highway's center concrete divider, Westminster police spokesman Tim Read said in a statement.
The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday. His motorcycle came to rest about 150 meters from where lightning blasted an 18-by-8-inch crater 4 inches deep that blew chunks of asphalt across the highway and slightly damaged other vehicles.
The man was wearing a helmet.
The highway, U.S. 36, was closed for about two hours as police investigated.
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