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Motorcyclist Killed After Struck by Lightning in Florida

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A motorcyclist was killed in Florida after lightning cracked his helmet and sent him off the road Sunday.

The 45-year-old man was driving southbound on Interstate 95 when he was struck, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Officials said the man was killed at the scene.

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A Virginia state trooper who was off duty reportedly saw the incident, according to ABC.

The man’s identity has not been disclosed.

The chances of getting hit by a lightning bolt in a given year are 1/1,222,000, according to the National Weather Service data based on averages between 2009 and 2018.

Nearly 50 people on average are killed by lightning in the U.S per year.

A New York man was recently thrown 20 feet in the air after getting hit by a lightning bolt but evaded life-threatening injuries.

The National Weather Service makes several recommendations for lightning safety including avoiding open fields and to pull over and wait a half hour after the last thunder before riding on a bike or motorcycle.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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