Lightning Kills Newlywed Woman, Injures Husband 6 Days After Wedding
A single lightning strike claimed the life of a newlywed bride less than a week after her wedding.
Kathleen Bartlett, 31, was killed and her husband Ryan Pocius, 32, was injured when they were struck by lightning while hiking on Mount Yale in Colorado.
Two other hikers, who were not with the couple, sustained minor injuries from the lightning strike.
The tragedy happened just six days after Bartlett and Pocius tied the knot.
Lightning struck Bartlett and Pocius at 1:15 p.m. Friday while they were at 12,400 feet. Witnesses had to hike down to get cell service and were unable to call 911 until after 2 p.m. Emergency crews didn’t reach the couple until after 4:30 p.m.
Authorities believe that Bartlett died instantly.
The couple met at a bar and quickly learned that they had “a shared appreciation for kids' movies, yoga, sarcasm and love for the outdoors,” according to their wedding website. They got engaged six months after they started dating, and they were married July 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens.