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

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.