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Lightning Strikes, Kills Little League Player

Police say a 12-year-old Spotsylvania County boy died and another boy was critically injured after lightning struck as they were playing catch.

The incident occurred Wednesday on a ball field south of Fredericksburg, Va. as severe storms battered parts of Virginia, flooding roads and knocking out power.

Spotsylvania County sheriff's 1st Sgt. Liz Scott says umpires had halted a baseball game because of the weather and ordered participants off the field. But Chelal Matos and an 11-year-old teammate remained and were playing catch under parents' supervision.

Scott says lightning hit Matos and the charge transferred to the other boy.

She says the 11-year-old, who wasn't identified, was in critical condition at a Richmond hospital.


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