Lightning strike kills father, injures 6-year-old son in Central Texas, family says

The lightning struck the man as he was walking his sons home from the school bus, a GoFundMe page said.

Lightning struck two people Monday in Bosque County, killing an adult and hospitalizing a child who were walking home from a school bus stop.

Deputies responding to the 911 call found an adult male who was pronounced dead at the scene and a 6-year-old child who was unresponsive but breathing, Sheriff Trace Hendricks said in a news release.

The child was taken to the hospital, where he remained as of Tuesday afternoon.


“Our prayers are with the family as they mourn the loss of a family member and pray for a full recovery of a young child,” Hendricks said.

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A GoFundMe page and social media posts made by family members identified the man as 34-year-old Matthew Boggs of Valley Mills. The fundraising page says Boggs and his two sons were walking down the driveway after the kids got off the school bus when the lightning struck.


The lightning hit Boggs and traveled to the 6-year-old as they were holding hands, the page says.

The incident occurred in the Laguna Park area around 5 p.m. Monday, KWKT-TV (Fox) reported. Laguna Park and nearby Valley Mills are roughly an 80-mile drive from downtown Dallas.

According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes kill about 20 people a year in the United States and injure hundreds more.

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