UW student killed in lightning strike

Police investigate the scene on Sept.5 (Photo by Ross Howey)

Police investigate the scene on Sept.5 (Photo by Ross Howey)

While walking to class Friday morning a first-year University of Waterloo student was struck by lightning and killed.

The young woman was enrolled in the faculty of engineering and was from the Markham area. Her name has not yet been released by Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The strike reportedly occurred around 9 a.m. on a pathway between Ring Road and Village One.

Officials say the student was seeking shelter from heavy rain under a tree when it was hit by lightning.

She was found by a student who said her clothes were torn and her shoes burned, the Waterloo Region Record reported. She had no vital signs and was pronounced dead at Grand River Hospital.

 

More details to come.

 

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