Biker Survives Being Struck by Lightning

Michael LaDue was on the I-5 interstate near Chehalis Washington Thursday Sept 5th when he was hit by a bolt from out of the sky, literally.    Police reports say around 9:30 am,  LaDue riding in a heavy rain when he was struck in the helmet by lightning.  A couple who was driving behind him when they heard a boom and saw Ladue’s helmet “light up” and thought at first their eyes fooled them, until they saw him slump over and move onto the shoulder of the freeway.  That’s whey they pulled up to help.  They reported LaDue asked, “Why am I stopped here?”

helmet lightning strike

Photo from KIRO TV.

They told the 59-year-old he’d been struck by lightning and offered to help.  Ladue decided to ride to the next exit to a gas station where he pulled off his helmet and discovered the hair on one side of his head singed off and his ears burnt around the edges.   The clerk at the gas station, Brandi Abrego,  reported LaDue said he was “really hot” and “when he grabbed my hand, he was really, really hot to the touch.”

The padding inside  LaDue’s helmet was scorched and the outside showed a mark where the lightning struck and his bike shows burn marks near the antenna.

LaDue was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Burglars Break In Dealership On The Day Founder Is Buried

thief breaks into the dealership the day the founder is buried.

thief breaks into the dealership the day the founder is buried.

Thieves took advantage of a death to burglarize Mathews Harley-Davidson in Fresno California.  On Thursday march 28th, someone heaved a large stone through the plate glass door and in less than 4 minutes stole $6,000 worth of leather jackets.  The theft occurred the same day employees and customers were burying 90 year old Eva Mathews.  Eva and her late husband Harold worked in the dealership since 1953 and moved from Merced to Fresno in 1961.

“The video of our security shows he didn’t look around when he came in, like, ‘which way do I go,’ “ Cara Mathews told KFSN. “He was there on a mission. Walked right past the motorcycles and straight to the jackets so I feel that he had been in here before and kinda scoped it out.”

Police say the video shows the thief spreading a sheet on the floor and filling it with leather jackets, hooking it up and fleeing the store.   Jackets fell out all along the way up to and beside the freeway where the trail ended and police assume he got into a car and fled the scene.  (Edited 4/5/13 to correct misspellings)