POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) — A man struck by lightning while working on a Pompano Beach roof has died.
Deputies said Robert Elliott, 55, died on Monday.
Three days before, Elliott and 47-year old Angel Leiva Lopes were working on the roof of a car dealership located at 909 South Federal Highway.
A witness said Elliot appeared to be struck by lighting and collapsed while Lopes suffered minor injuries.
Cell phone video showed firefighters using a ladder to take the injured workers off the roof.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue performed CPR on Elliott and both were transported to Broward Health North.
Elliot was later transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
The roofing company Latite Roofing, which the men worked for, issued a statement on Thursday, May 29th saying, “A lightning strike did injure two employees today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employees and their families. We are investigating the circumstances, but have no further comment at this time.”
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Elliott and ruled his death accidental.
There have been four lightning deaths in the United States so far this year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Two of those instances have happened in Florida.
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