Brewster man dies from possible lightning strike

Brewster man dies from possible lightning strike

BREWSTER, OH (WOIO) - A Brewster man was found dead on Wednesday, and officials believe his death may be a result of a lightning strike.

The Stark County Coroner's Office says that 82-year-old Richard Lutes was discovered by his wife outside. He was outside during Wednesday's storms, and could have possible been struck by lightning.

The coroner's office is still running additional texts connected to Lutes' death, including a toxicology report. According to the coroner's office, several things in the man's pocket were magnetized, including a compass, which is why the coroner believes lightning was a factor in his death.

Being struck by lightning is rare, but is still a major cause of storm-related deaths in the U.S. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are an average of 30 deaths reported each year because of lightning strikes.

NOAA says the odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime are estimated at 1 in 13,500. The odds of being struck in a given year are 1 in 1,083,000.

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