Lightning bolt kills rider and her horse in Douglas County, leaves teenager fighting for life
May 8, 2017
The thunderstorm that swept across Colorado's Front Range on Sunday afternoon, snapping trees and spitting lighting bolts, killed a 37-year-old woman riding horseback with a teenage family friend in Douglas County. The woman's large black horse was hit and died. The 15-year-old girl was fighting for life.
Douglas County paramedics at the scene — along an equestrian trail by a blackened oak tree on rolling terrain between Sedalia and Roxborough State Park — treated the girl, who then was taken to a hospital, sheriff's Deputy Jason Blanchard said. "She was conscious and breathing."
Lightning killed 38 people last year in the United States, National Weather Service data show.