BAKERSFIELD (AP) — An autopsy will determine whether a Bakersfield man who died during weekend thunderstorms was hit by lightning.
Kern County sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt says family members found Stephen Ermigarat unresponsive under a tree Saturday evening.READ MORE: Newsom Announces Plans To Expand Stretch Of Interstate 15 By Next Summer
First-responders attempted CPR but the 62-year-old banking executive was eventually declared dead at the scene.
Pruitt says the tree had burn marks and splintered limbs, indicating it was hit by lightning.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Who Overcame Severe WWII Wounds To Lead Senate GOP And Run For President, Dies At 98
An autopsy is planned this week to determine whether Ermigarat was also struck.
Pruitt says lightning was prevalent as a storm system moved through the area Saturday.MORE NEWS: 16-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With Burglary Of Business In Santa Paula
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