FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man has been killed by a tree limb that fell on his car after a lightning strike.
Fairfield police Capt. Robert Kalamaras says 21-year-old Jarrod Marotto was driving at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when the limb fell on his vehicle.
Emergency responders found the Southington man unconscious in the driver's seat.
Firefighters had to wait for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before freeing Marotto. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.
He was extricated at about 6:15 p.m. and taken to a Bridgeport hospital where he died.
Kalamaras says the limb fell from a cottonwood tree that had just been struck by lightning.
A series of powerful thunderstorms was moving through the area at the time.