Mountain biker killed by lightning strike Sunday near Telluride
August 14, 2017
A 24-year-old mountain biker was struck and killed by lightning Sunday on a trail in southwest Colorado.
The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as John Daniel Huisjen of Durango. His relatives have been notified, officials said.
According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Susan Lilly, Huisjen and his girlfriend were riding on the East Fork Trail in the Lizard Head Wilderness about 17 miles southwest of Telluride when a storm rolled in just before noon. The couple were part of several groups of mountain bikers who took shelter below tree line in the area when he was struck by lightning.
Huisjen’s girlfriend ran down the trail to get help, Lilly said, happening upon an off-duty county emergency medical technician. That EMT sent a friend down the trail to find a cellphone signal and call for help before attempting to resuscitate the unresponsive Huisjen, Lilly said. Bystanders had performed CPR.