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5-year-old Delco boy dies after being struck by lightning

The family was on vacation in North Carolina when the boy was struck.

Stephen Little, 5, died in the hospital two hours after he was hit by lightning.Fernando Flores / Flickr Creative Commons

A 5-year-old Delaware Country boy died after being struck by lightning while on vacation with his family.

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Stephen Little, of Lansdowne, was on a beach in Carova, North Carolina, andtrying to seek shelter from a looming thunderstorm in an SUV when he was struck, according to Philly.com.

The boy went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach around 4 p.m., Pix11 reported. Little suffered from traumatic burns and died in the hospital around 6 p.m.

Ten percent of people struck by lightning are killed each year, the National Weather Service estimates.

 

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