Teen Dies When Lightning Strikes Personal Watercraft

Stepmom injured, dad treated for shock
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2016 12:48 PM CDT
The sun sets over Flaming Gorge Reservoir near the Wyoming/Utah border on April 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ben Neary)

(Newser) – A 14-year-old girl was killed and her 49-year-old stepmother injured Friday when lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding in a Utah reservoir. Daggett County sheriff's officials say Jayleen Reynolds and stepdaughter Brooklyn Reynolds were riding in a remote area of Flaming Gorge Reservoir around noon when the lightning struck, the AP reports. The teen was pronounced dead, and her stepmom was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries. On Saturday, her condition was upgraded to fair. The teen's father, who was on another watercraft, was treated at the scene for shock. (Another teen was killed by lightning while hiking last week.)

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