Lightning strike kills bride-to-be
Richard Butler wanted his girlfriend to think they were just taking a scenic hike in the North Carolina mountains, but he had a secret plan.
When they got to the top, he was going to pull out a ring and ask her to be his bride. Then lightning struck — three times.
The last strike hit the 30-year-old and his girlfriend, Bethany Lott (25), killing her and giving him third-degree burns.
“I was spun 180 degrees and thrown several feet back,” he said. “My legs turned to jelly and the bottom of my feet felt like they were on fire.
“She [Bethany] didn't say anything, and I turned around and she was laying a few feet away,” said Mr Butler, from Knoxville, Tennessee.
When rescuers arrived, they tried to resuscitate Miss Lott, but to no avail.