Lightning Strike Sends Man to the Hospital

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is recovering in the hospital after being struck by lightning Thursday afternoon outside of his home.

Family members tell WSAZ.com that Will Fizer was walking on his porch when he got the shock of a lifetime.

"You just don't think it could happen to you or someone you love," his wife Shelly said.

Shelly says a lightning bolt hit the hillside behind their home on Brushy Knob Way. The lightning then traveled down a slab of concrete onto the porch, where it struck Will in the leg.

Will's 12-year-old son, Dalton, watched the flash from his bedroom window.

"I was struck by fear," Dalton said. "I saw a really bright light and I almost saw my dad fall to the concrete."

Shelly says her husband thought Dalton was playing video games during the storm and was trying to warn him to shut them off when he was struck.

"I'm happy because he's alive," his daughter Rhianna said. "There's not a lot of people that can say 'my relative survived being struck by lightning.' I'm one of those people."

Shelly says she and Will both work as nurses in Charleston and know the seriousness of being shocked.

"You have such a large amount of electricity going through the nervous system," she said.

Family members say Will is doing just fine now. They say he was kept overnight in the hospital as a precaution.

Emergency dispatchers told WSAZ.com another person was also struck by lightning during that same storm.

Dispatchers say that person was on Wolf Pen Drive in Sissonville and declined medical treatment.


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