13-year-old boy struck by lightning in El Mirage on Wednesday evening was carrying a skateboard that the bolt hit before traveling through the boy’s body, the teen’s aunt said on a GoFundMe page.

Josiah Wiedman was walking through a park near 121st Avenue and Moreno Boulevard with 13-year-old Javier Tapia during the storm, Wiedman’s aunt Danielle Castaneda wrote.

The wood of Wiedman’s skateboard was against his body when the bolt hit the board and traveled through Wiedman and Tapia, Castaneda said in the post.

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Castaneda said Wiedman suffered head injuries after the bolt flew him into the air and that he was on a breathing tube and drug-induced coma as of Thursday evening while being treated for his injuries.


Arizona Department of Transportation’s Mark Trennepohl gives us a peek at the weather in the north Valley on Aug. 9, 2018.
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Castaneda said a stranger administered CPR on the boys until paramedics arrived, and that the family would be meeting with the man to thank him for his help.

Both boys were taken to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Tapia was released Thursday.

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Interview requests from The Arizona Republic to Wiedman’s family hadn’t been returned as of Thursday evening.

The GoFundMe had raised $1,290 of its $5,000 goal as of Thursday night.

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