On Friday night, a man was struck by lightning walking down Eastern Parkway near Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights during a rainstorm. His heart stopped but he was revived by EMTs. (Photo by Rick Elkins. The Brooklyn Bridge receives a jolt of lighting from a 2008 storm.
The unidentified man was walking under some trees in the median of Eastern Parkway near Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights during a rainstorm when he was struck by the fiery bolt, officials and a witness said.
"When the lightning struck, I saw the man fall," said eyewitness Andrea Brown, 47, of the 9p.m. accident.
"His feet were smoking and he was bleeding from the mouth," said Brown, who saw the horrific sight from her home. "It was terrifying."
Responders frantically pumped the man's chest to try to revive him. "You could smell burning flesh," said Lt. Joe Cengiz of EMS Station 38. "His heart stopped."