CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont.
“It was more of just kind of shove, you know, and it felt kind of like I was getting hit over the head with metal or something,” Dylan said.
Dylan was walking with his girlfriend, Lexie, along a tree-lined street in Claremont when a doctor suspects they were hit by lightning, part of severe thunderstorms that moved through the area Thursday.
“Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine,” Lexie said. “It was definitely weird. I kind of thought there was an earthquake.”
The teenagers say a passerby stopped to say he saw the lightning bolt hit them.
Their physician, Dr. Stefan Reynoso of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s satellite in Claremont, says their lives were probably spared because they were holding hands while walking.
“These two were lucky they that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies,” Reynoso said.
Reynoso suspects the bolt first hit Dylan’s head and traveled through his hands to hers and exited through Lexie’s foot.
“The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million,” the doctor said.
Both now joke they have an “electric love.”
Meanwhile, Lexie’s mom is just happy they were holding hands around the same time she heard the lightning strike.
“I immediately texted Lexie because I knew that she and Dylan had gone on a walk and I think I said something like, ‘You two are back home, aren’t you?’ ” Lexie’s mother said. Lexie responded later that they had gotten hit.
Meanwhile, Reynoso says both are doing just fine.