Lightning strike kills Benson man - Tucson News Now

Lightning strike kills Benson man

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A 32 year-old man was killed by lightning north of Benson A 32 year-old man was killed by lightning north of Benson
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 32-year-old man was found dead in the desert Tuesday afternoon north of Benson, AZ. 

Investigators determined he had been struck and killed by lightning. 

According to Benson Police Chief Paul Moncada, the call came in at 1:18 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.

Investigators said injuries on the body of 32 year-old Alvaro Montoya from Benson pointed to a lightning strike.

This was later confirmed by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office. 

The Tucson National Weather Service Office also confirmed that there were two lightning strikes in Benson between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. earlier in the same day.

Montoya's car was about a mile away from where his body was discovered. 

Police said they believe it broke down and the man was walking to find help when he was struck. 

"We were initially kind of puzzled until we started putting two and two together," Moncada said. 

Lightning strikes are rare in Arizona, but on the same day just south of the border, a 9 year-old girl was also struck and killed by lightning near Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Angie Michelle Tapia was by the edge of a pool when the deadly bolt struck. She was rushed to UMC in Tucson where she later died. 

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