2018-08-15 / Front Page

Lightning Zaps Three Queens Men

Three men were recovering last week after they were struck by lightning in a pair of wild storms on August 7.

Two of the men were struck as they played soccer in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, police said. Eyewitnesses told police they turned around and saw two men lying on a soccer field, and another running toward them shouting, “Call police!”

Geovanny Astudillo, 30, remains in critical condition at the Jacobi Medical Center Burn Unit, police said. Astudllo, 30, fell face down near the Queens Zoo after a bolt of lightning knocked him off his feet at about 7:30 p.m. on August 7, police said.

Doctors slowly awakened Astudillo to avoid startling him.

Patricio Leon, 34, was on the soccer field with Astudillo when the storm blew into Queens, police said. Leon told police he and his friends “didn’t have a second to think” before the lightning struck. “He said he is very worried, very sad for his friend,” a police source said.

Casi Segundo, 42, was also struck by lightning in the park, police said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was listed in stable condition.

A third man, Kareem Graham, 33, was struck in Baisley Pond Park in Springfield Gardens while he was helping an elderly man onto a bus, police said.

Graham, who had one hand on the man and one on the bus, suffered partial numbness in his arm and back and was back at work on August 8.
–Liz Goff

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