Lightning kills a Woodland Park teenager. 17-year-old Andrew Yarger was playing soccer with some friends Wednesday night at Cavanaugh Park when he was suddenly struck.
Apparently, Andrew and his friends were about to get off the soccer field because it was pouring rain, but in a split second, everything changed. A fast storm began moving in. "We'd see lightning just a few feet from house; it was really close," Alisa Furrey, a Woodland resident said.
Within the blink of an eye in the pouring rain, things took a turn for the worse. Dennis Crippen saw it all happen. "One of the balls got loose and that's when he got hit."
Friends tried CPR, but it was too late. Andrew died. A church friend remembers him fondly. "He was full of life...(pauses) it’s hard to talk about it," Dustin Price said. His family and friends tell 11 News he was a funny guy whose life was cut too short.
"I think it was the worst lightning ever," Wes Wilson, a volunteer for the National Weather Service said. He’s surveying the scene and pointed out in the grass where the lightning struck. In that same spot, flowers are laid to remember a teen who tragically died.
Andrew is survived by his parents and 10 sisters and brothers. He was going to be a senior in high school.