Teen struck by lightning and killed while riding his bicycle; found with his bike at his side

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) - A 15-year-old boy was struck by lightning while riding his bicycle and died.

Officers were called to a residential complex around 3 p.m. Sunday after a woman told dispatchers she saw someone get hit by lightning.

Kevin Avalar was found lying unconscious in a parking lot with his bicycle next to him, Officer George Gordon said. The boy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nationally, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning, with summer being the peak period, according to the National Weather Service. Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in lightning deaths.

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