FOX47 NEWS - Teen Dies after Lightning Strike

Jeff Angileri
Jul 8, 2008, 8:53 PM

A Jefferson County teenager died last night after he was hit by lightning.

16-year-old Benjamin Richter was hit by a bolt of lightnining, while outside his home in Watertown, around 8:30 p.m.

He was taken to an area hospital, but died shortly before midnight on Monday.

Richter's family issued a statement saying he was a teriffic son and brother.

He was a high honor student and played three sports at Watertown High School.

Doctors say a direct lightning strike is rare, but almost always fatal.

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