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Cemetery Jogger Killed by Lightning Strike

Cincinnati woman dies after sheltering from storm under tree
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 12:30 PM CDT
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Gravestones are seen in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 26, 2017.   (Wikimedia/David Ohmer)

(Newser) – Three women were jogging through Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery on Friday when a security guard—seeing a storm approaching—offered them a ride, a cemetery rep tells WLWT. They declined the offer, and all three were hit by a lightning strike moments later as they sheltered under an oak tree. The strike killed Danielle Brosious, 27, who would have celebrated her first wedding anniversary in November. Brosious' mother was not seriously injured, and the third woman was hospitalized, per People.

"Spring Grove is deeply saddened by this tragic accident," the cemetery's president, Gary M. Freytag, tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's just terrible timing of the whole thing. It's just unfair," a friend tells WCPO. She adds Brosious—a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority at Northern Kentucky University, from which she graduated in 2014 before earning a master's degree in kinesiology at Eastern Illinois University—was "just too good." She "took pride in being the best friend she could be and never fell short" and was "the glue that held a lot of us together," according to her obituary. (Seeking shelter under a tree isn't ideal.)

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