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Avery High Baseball Coach Struck by Lightning PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Saturday, 25 April 2009 08:43

An Avery High School baseball coach has been released from the hospital after being struck by lightning at yesterday’s game against Hendersonville High School.


Avery County’s recreation director, Robbie Willis, was at the game.


Willis said Daniel Jimenez, an assistant varsity and junior varsity baseball coach, was struck by lightning while in the dugout during a rain delay.


Willis said officials had just called off the game because of rain.  Jimenez and Coach Samuel Phillips had walked back into the dugout area after the rain had slowed to check field conditions when the strike occurred.


Willis said Jimenez never seemed to be in life-threatening condition, but seemed dazed.


Jimenez was taken to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, where he stayed the night for observation.


Willis said Jimenez was released from the hospital this morning.


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