Sheridan Man Struck by Lightning

Sheridan resident David Westlake died Monday after being struck by lightning Sunday evening in the Big Horn Mountains.
Sheridan resident David Westlake died Monday after being struck by lightning Sunday evening in the Big Horn Mountains.

Just before 6 pm Sunday, July 11th, the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office responded to Forest Service Road 315 to assist Forest Service personnel in regard to a medical incident involving 63-year-old Sheridan resident, David Westlake.

In a media release issued Tuesday morning from Lt. Mark Conrad with the Sheriff's Office, Mr. Westlake was “found unresponsive in the roadway as the result of a suspected lightning strike.” He was transported by ambulance to the Sheridan Memorial Hospital, and then transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, MT.

Witnesses have told Sheridan Media that prior to the incident, Westlake was seen jogging on a trail near the Little Goose Campground. Just two weeks ago, Westlake ran in the annual Big Horn Mountain Trail Run.

David Westlake died in Billings of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 12th as a result of his injuries.

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