Robert Elliott: Roofer struck by lightning dies from injuries

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a roofer who was struck by lightning while working at a South Florida car dealership last week has died.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that 55-year-old Robert Elliott died Sunday at a Miami hospital.

On Thursday, he and a co-worker had been working on the roof of the Joey Accardi car dealership in Pompano Beach. Witnesses say a thunder storm approached and lightning appeared to strike Elliot. The co-worker sustained minor injuries.

Both victims were initially taken to a nearby hospital, but Elliot was then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death accidental.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the incident.

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