Lightning Kills Boy: Photo Of Wade Young, Hiker Who Died In Humphreys Peak
The teenager who died after being struck by lightning on Humphreys Peak, north of Flagstaff, on Wednesday has been identified as Wade Young, 17.Advertisement
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said Young died while he was hiking with his two friends aged 17 and 18. The weather changed on their way. One of the two friends said they were not anticipating a storm or lightning to strike.
As reported by 12news, Young died after being struck by lightning.
Humphreys Peak, which is 11 miles north of Flagstaff, is the highest natural point in Arizona – standing at 12,637 feet.
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The sheriff’s office said the two friends sustained “injuries that were likely received due to their proximity to the lightning strike.” They were conscious and able to walk upon the arrival of emergency responders. They were subsequently transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center.
The 18-year-old boy has been identified by the sheriff’s office as David Lyons. The identity of the 17-year-old has not been released as he is a minor.
The Tempe Union High School District expressed their condolences. “We are so sad to learn about the death of our recent graduate, Wade Young,” the school district wrote on its website. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all who knew this young man.”
Rex and Cade Peterson, who Young went to school with, said Young was a “happy kid; very inspiring, and someone who always talked about his family.”
“People that didn’t know him did miss out because if you were around him, he made your day better,” Rex said. “He was an amazing kid.”
According to AZ Family, National Weather Service meteorologist Cory Mottice said the area in question saw as many as 106 on-the-ground lightning strikes and 393 cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes between 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page has been created to aid Young’s family with the expenses.