Motorcyclist hit by lightning in Florida crashes, dies

The Florida Highway Patrol tells news outlets a lightning strike hit a driver Sunday afternoon, cracking the 45-year-old's now-burning helmet and sending him off the roadway. (Photo: FHP Orlando/Twitter)

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say lightning struck a motorcyclist on a Florida interstate, causing a crash and his death.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells news outlets the lightning strike hit the driver Sunday afternoon as he rode southbound on Interstate 95, cracking the 45-year-old's now-burning helmet and sending him off the roadway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene in east-central Florida. Florida troopers say an off-duty Virginia state trooper witnessed the lightning strike and its aftermath.

WOGX-TV says authorities confirmed the motorcyclist is a 45-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina. His identity wasn't immediately released.