Clarke County EMA Director Eddie Ivy said 23-year-old Shannon Mosely was riding a horse about 4:30 p.m. Friday when she was struck by lightning. The incident happened just off of County Road 291, near the Nancy Community in Quitman, according to WTOK-TV.
Ivy said Mosley was airlifted from a local hospital to Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and then taken to the burn center at CMMC in Jackson, where she died Saturday afternoon. He said the horse died at the scene of the lightning strike on Friday.
Mosely is the first lightning-related death in Mississippi in three years. The last lightning death occurred on July 31, 2011, when a Pascagoula man was struck and killed while fishing.
According to Vaisala, a company that monitors cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the United States, Mississippi ranks 15th in the country as the most dangerous state for lightning strikes with 106 deaths since 1959. Florida is by far the most dangerous state with 475 lightning fatalities since 1959 including four so far this year.
July is historically the most dangerous month for lightning strikes in the United States, accounting for the most deaths and injuries nearly every year.
So far this year, 12 people have been killed and more than 80 others have been injured in lightning strikes. Four of the deaths have occurred this month alone.
In Colorado, two people have been killed and more than a dozen others have been injured from lightning strikes in Rocky Mountain National Park in two days (since Friday).