A Florida motorcyclist is dead after being struck by lightning while riding on Interstate 95 during a thunderstorm.
The lightning strike occurred on May 9th at 2:15 in the afternoon. Authorities are saying that the man may have mistakenly believed he was safe because of his rubber tires.
But, according to experts, that is a mistaken notion that many people have.
Weather.gov dispels the myth on its website, explaining when and where you are safe when traveling on roads during a thunderstorm.
“Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires.
“Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning.
“When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.”
According to the National Lightning Safety Council, there have been ten lightning fatalities related to motorcycles since 2006.
“The Florida Highway Patrol said the lightning strike hit the driver around 2:15 p.m. Sunday as he rode southbound on I-95 near Ormond Beach. The strike cracked the 45-year-old’s helmet, sending him off the roadway.”
The cyclist then crashed his bike and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A photo posted on the Florida Highway Patrol’s official Twitter site shows the deceased man’s motorcycle helmet ”cracked and burned” from the apparent lightning strike.
Fox News is reporting that “An off-duty Virginia trooper cited by the station said he witnessed the strike happen. ‘The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash,’ he said.”
No further details have been released. All that is known about the victim is that he is from Charlotte, North Carolina. Police are not revealing his name at this time.