Monday, April 27, 2009

Biker Struck By Lightning

(April 27) -- A Lawrence, Kan., man died Saturday after he was struck by a bolt of lightning as he and six companions rode their motorcycles through a rainstorm, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Troy Gentzler, 45, was killed shortly after visiting an abuse victim for the northeast Kansas chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse.
The bolt struck as the group was traveling between the towns of Grantville and Perry.
"You can sum it up in one word: bizarre," Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig told the newspaper.
A woman riding next to Gentzler was injured in the accident. She was treated at a hospital and released.
Bikers Against Child Abuse supports children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse. Members of Gentzler's chapter conducted their annual tour Saturday, visiting people who had been in the program for several years, the Journal-World reported. Gentzler had been a member for about two years.
Bizzaro wouldn't he be grounded by the tires ?


Hogday said...

B2: At the risk of sounding like an anorak, I think its the `Faraday Cage` effect that would protect someone in a car from being hit by lightning. Mobile phones up the risk considerably. Still bad luck though.(I'm less boring in person)

Ky Long Rider said...

Tough way to go. I was talking to someone in the last couple of weeks who's bike was hit by lightning while they were riding. Guy lived but it made a mess of his bike.