Lightning Kills Woman Before Fiance Proposed

A Tennessee man says he planned to propose to his girlfriend along a North Carolina hiking trail when she was struck and killed by lightning.

Thirty-year-old Richard Butler of Knoxville tells the Asheville Citizen Times that he took Bethany Lott to Max Patch Bald, near Asheville. He says he wanted his 25-year-old girlfriend to think the two were on a hike but that he had a ring in his pocket and was planning to ask her to marry him.

Heavy rain let up as the two walked toward the bald, but more bad weather returned. Butler says there were three lightning strikes. The last one hit the couple.

Butler suffered third-degree burns. Paramedics declared Lott, also of Knoxville, dead at the scene.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 9, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    We should all be so lucky to have someone that would try to do something so sweet and memorable, and pray to be blessed enough to not suffer a tragedy of this sort instead. We should all hope to have that kind of love in our life, and no one should be wisecracking about his loss. I know by certain comments here the individuals that are due no respect, and won't forget.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    Little loser Laverne with his useless comments once again.
  • by Me Location: Here on Jun 8, 2010 at 06:18 PM
    Technically, it was her boyfriend that proposed, not her fiance.
  • by lance Location: bath on Jun 8, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    There is a time and place for everything and sometimes comments should be disabled or the moderator should wake up and do their job.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Rest in peace Bethany, and Mr. Butler may you be blessed during you time of despair. May God bless both families and loved ones. God Bless.
  • by Cindi Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    This is the saddest thing! I feel so bad for the guy.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    OMIGOSH.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, n. c. on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    To those of you who are making childish comments about God's work and the death of a young lady, be careful what you say, the shoe may be on the other foot soon, it may be you or your love one. Sometimes your tongue can come back to haunt you.
  • by Beth on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM
    No, no, Mystery Man. The blame will go to President Bush. Obama blames everyone else! This is such a tragedy.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    I can't imagine what this guy is going through. Thoughts and prayers go out to him and both of their families. If it was my wife that had this, I'd be living in a world of misery and could not handle that well. I'll be the first to admit, when these hard times strike, I do not cope well with them. I hope he can. May God be with him.
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