Man dies after being struck by lightning while landscaping in New Smyrna Beach, family says

Julio Cesar Lopez, 27, died Saturday

Julio Lopez, 27, was struck by lightning while working at the family lawn care business. (Francisco Vasquez)

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A man who was struck by lightning while working as a landscaper in New Smyrna Beach has died, according to his family.

Julio Cesar Lopez, 27, died on Saturday, family confirmed to News 6.

Lopez was hit by lightning on July 19 as he was doing some Landscaping for the Tymber Trace neighborhood association.

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A witness said a person attempted CPR on the man until first responders could arrive.

The family told News 6 on Thursday that Lopez was only given a 10% chance of survival from his injuries.

Lopez moved to Florida from Texas in February to help the family lawn care business but his parents still live in Mexico, according to his cousin.

The family said Lopez’s parents tried to fly to Florida but their passports were expired so they applied for a temporary permit on Thursday, but the permits were not granted.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.