Roofer killed in Lakewood Ranch after being struck by lightning

A roofer was struck by lightning in Lakewood Ranch
A roofer was struck by lightning in Lakewood Ranch(WWSB)
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 4:03 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 5:57 PM EDT
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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (WWSB) - Emergency crews were called to a home in Lakewood Ranch after reports of a roofer being struck by lightning.

Around 2:50 p.m., roofers were working on top of multiple apartments in the area of Skip Jack Loop when they saw a flash and heard a loud bang.

The victim’s brother, who was also on the roof, turned around and saw his brother lying on the roof unconscious and not breathing. That victim has been identified as 19-year-old Jesus Olvera-Aguilar.

Neighbors say they performed CPR until responders arrived. EMS and Fire responded to the scene and then began life-saving efforts but were unable to revive Olvera-Aguilar. MCSO responded, secured the scene, and began a death investigation.

Detectives did find evidence that Olvera-Aguilar was struck by lightning. The case is being ruled as an accidental death.

Olvera-Aguilar worked for Colonial Roofing. We reached out to representatives at the company, but they have declined to comment at this time out of respect for his family and team members.

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