Collins woman dies after lightning strike

COLLINS A woman died after lightning struck her and her husband following a thunderstorm.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

COLLINS

A woman died after lightning struck her and her husband following a thunderstorm.

Huron County Coroner Jeff Harwood said the lightning stopped the heart of 51-year-old Debra Meltzer and knocked her husband, Ken, unconscious.

Debra Meltzer's father, Hagis Tuttle of Wakeman, said the couple was walking in their yard in Huron County when the bolt hit.

''The sun was shining, and it had quit raining. Lightning hit and knocked them both out,'' Tuttle told the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria.

Debra Meltzer was taken to Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk after the 3:30 p.m. Thursday strike. Harwood said she was in a coma and brain damaged and removed from life support about midnight.

Ken Meltzer suffered an ankle injury.

From 1998 to 2007, 14 people were killed by lightning in Ohio, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.