Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52, was killed along with her two dogs during a thunderstorm in San Gabriel Riverbed, in Los Angeles County’s Pico Rivera on Wednesday
A 52-year-old woman and her two dogs were killed by a lightning strike during a thunderstorm.
Antonia Mendoza Chavez’s body, along with those of her pets, was found on a path along San Gabriel Riverbed, in Los Angeles County’s Pico Rivera on Wednesday morning.
Police and paramedics were pictured at the scene.
Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona said: “We should all be cautious with this activity that’s in the area.
“We want everybody to be careful. There’s a lot of instability in the air. Just be careful and do your best to stay indoors at this time.”
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Ms Chavez was the first person in the country to die from a lightning strike this year.
Lightning deaths are rare in California, with only nine people dying from them since 2006.
Resident Mary Perez told KABC: “I’m scared. I told my granddaughter and her friend, she’s not walking to school, I’m taking her. I think more about the lightning. Not that I never thought about it. I didn’t think it could really do that. It’s just awful.”
Ms Chavez’s landlord said she walked the same trail every morning.
Gloria Colocho said after hearing someone had died, she desperately tried to get in touch with her tenant.
She told ABC7: “I called her and I texted her and she didn’t answer, and the message was not delivered to the cell phone.
“I called her and it went straight to voicemail, and from there, I had this feeling that it was her. I checked my camera…she left around 7:30 a.m. and I see her with her two dogs, and she left the house and she hasn’t come back at all.”