Officials ID woman killed, child injured in Winter Springs lightning strike – WESH 2 Orlando
Nicole Tedesco, 42, was killed and her children, Ava Tedesco, 10, and Gia Tedesco, 8, were injured in a Seminole County lightning strike Thursday. A third person was injured, an 18-year-old who has been treated and released.
A parent said she saw a child on the ground and a man waving for help. Another parent said he was about 15 feet away when the accident happened and called 911.
Nicole Tedesco, 42, was walking her children Ava, 10, and Gia, 8, when lightning struck. Nicole Tedesco died at the hospital, and Ava spent the night at the Arnold Palmer Hospital.
The Sanford Airport Authority has created a GoFundMe account to support the Tedesco family. There were no severe weather alerts before the lightning strike, and Nicole Tedesco did not have time to take proper shelter from the elements.
Seminole County Public Schools sent out a recorded message to parents on Thursday expressing condolences. Extra support is being provided for students. Keeth Elementary School students and staff will receive counseling Friday.
The death brings the total number of lightning-related fatalities in the United States so far this year to 14. Lightning strikes are a major cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S., and can leave a person with various degrees of disability and many long-term health problems.
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