Denver Man Dies After Lightning Strikes Him On A Hike Near Boulder

July 15, 2019
Emergency crews prepare to airlift a Denver man from the Bear Creek Trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, after the man was struck by lightning. He was later pronounced dead.Emergency crews prepare to airlift a Denver man from the Bear Creek Trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, after the man was struck by lightning. He was later pronounced dead.Courtesy Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Emergency crews prepare to airlift a Denver man from the Bear Creek Trail on Sunday, July 14, 2019, after the man was struck by lightning. He was later pronounced dead.

A Denver man has died after being struck by lightning while hiking on Bear Creek Trail near Boulder Sunday.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says the 36-year-old man died while his wife, 37, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Officials have not released the name of the man pending notification of his family members.

Someone called 911 before 1 p.m. on Sunday to report the incident, which happened 1/4 of a mile up from the Bear Creek Trail trailhead. Another passerby administered CPR on the man, but was unsuccessful.

The man was airlifted to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Officials say an initial investigation at the scene suggested the man received a direct lightning strike to his upper body.