Motorcyclist killed by lightning bolt in Florida

The remnants of the rider's helmet after he was hit by lightning Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Photo: Florida Highway Patrol)
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ORLANDO. Fla. (KKTV) - A motorcyclist was killed Sunday when he was hit by a bolt of lightning.

The rider was on I-95 in Florida Sunday afternoon when he was hit. Florida Highway Patrol tweeted a photo of his shattered helmet:


The motorcyclist has only been identified as a 45-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina.

While Florida is widely considered the lightning capital of the United States, Colorado is notoriously lightning-prone as well, particularly in the summer. And while residents of Colorado are well-versed in the dangers of lightning during recreation in the mountains, dangers on the roadway get less attention.

According to the National Weather Service, it's the metal roof and metal sides on vehicles that keep them safe from lightning.

Open-air vehicles such as a convertible and vehicles without that metal roof and sidings -- like a motorcycle -- offer no protection from lightning.