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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  • by Craig Location: Grimesland on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    Hey moderator, I don't want this posted but I was curious if you at WITN were aware of a fire sparked off by lightning yesterday between Simpson and grimesland. It was pretty bad and the smoke completely eliminated visibility between Mark's Marine on 33 and the Grimesland Land bridge on 33.
  • by unbelievable on Jun 8, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    sometimes i wonder what kind of people post things up here. blaming the parents?? their son died! i'm sure they don't need u to point the finger at them. u must have miserable lives to act like that to another human who's no doubt suffering tremendously.
  • by lynn Location: Bermuda on Jun 6, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Let's have a lot more compassion and realize that we have all made mistakes at some point in our lives. If this were a perfect world no one would ever get struck by lightening. But it's not - people make mistakes, accidents happen and people get hurt. Instead of pointing fingers let's try to get a lesson out of it while we pray for the families of these kids, the umpires and anyone else this tragedy may have affected. Isn't that what you would want someone to do for you if you were in their shoes? I know I would.
  • by Tony Montervino Location: Ewing, New Jersey on Jun 6, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    I have officiated all levels of Soccer, Baseball and Softball since 1975. I still see parents and coaches who do not respect when Umpires or Referees stop a game for lighting or Thunder. There should be no blame just a hard lesson . Lets Keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jun 6, 2009 at 01:25 AM
    CAROLYN made me lol.
  • by Sam Location: 252 where else? on Jun 5, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    To Saddened, just ignore those comments.
  • by CAROLYN Location: GVILLE on Jun 5, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    WHO LET'S THEIR CHILDREN PLAY WHEN GOD IS ON HIS THRONE..BETTER START RESPECTING HIM!!
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on Jun 5, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    While I have sympathy for the families, it does not change the facts given in the article. The umpires ORDERED the field cleared. "But Chelal Matos and an 11-year-old teammate remained and were playing catch under parents' supervision." "REMAINED" and "UNDER PARENTS' SUPERVISION" clearly show that they didn't make a "mistake". They had WARNING. Did they think that the umpires just didn't want to get wet and the other parents were over-reacting? They gambled that a "freak" occurance wouldn't happen to their children. Their children lost the bet.
  • by Saddened Location: NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    How sad. Clearly a mistake was made, one they will have to live with the rest of their lives. But don't judge, lest you be judged. I dare say we've all done things that at the time we didn't recognize the danger but looking back realize it wasn't the smartest thing to do and are thankful it didn't turn out differently. Martin County once again you're using this site to bicker among yourselves. Do you actually read your comments and realize how childish they are? Use this story as a wake up call to remind us all we need to respect potential dangerous situations and take the necessary actions. Take responsibility for your own actions and you'll have no one else to blame.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    This is horrible for the parents, my heart goes out to the parents. The parents isn't at fault, stop pointing the fingers, you all criticizing the parents isn't perfect parents.
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