WHITTIER (CBS) — A 24-year-old man struck by a downed power line in Whittier has died, a hospital official confirmed Sunday.

Joel Ramirez passed away after being electrocuted by a high voltage power line in his yard in the 1300 block of Mooreland Drive about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Edward Lawrence, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said the weekend storm pulled the line loose from the Ramirez’s home and started a fire on the roof.

While fighting the flames, the power line jumped from the roof and hit Ramirez, shocking him for several minutes and knocking him unconscious.

A 46-year-old woman, the victim’s mother, ran to help but was shocked and thrown across the alley when she touched him.

She suffered only minor physical injuries.

CBS2’s Stephanie Abrams spoke to devastated family members Sunday. They were too distraught to appear on camera.

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Comments (6)
  1. sad says:

    this is so sad, he died so young. Deepest sympathy to his mother + family.

  2. Matt Larkin says:

    Deepest Sympathy to his family.
    Great Great Kid.
    Enjoyed working with him.
    He will be missed.

  3. Juan Pineda says:

    This is the most melancholy news I’ve had in many years. I worked with him at Little Caesars back in 2004 and 2005. He was and will always be a great person. My his soul now rest in peace.My his friends and family carry the best memories he gave to them in they’re hearts and minds. This world lost someone special.

  4. Dina bobadilla says:

    This so sad to hear… What a young guy and wonderful son.. I feel for his mom, brother, grandma and family. Lo centimos mucho familia bobadilla montufar

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