LA man among 3 killed in lightning strike near White House

By on August 7, 2022 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 29-year-old Los Angeles bank executive was one of three people killed last week when lightning struck a park across from the White House, his employer said.

Brooks Lambertson, vice president of City National Bank, was in Washington, DC, on business when he was struck by lightning late Thursday in Lafayette Park, the bank said in a statement Saturday.

A Wisconsin husband and wife celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary were also struck by lightning and died.

Lambertson handled bank sponsorships and previously worked in marketing for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the City National statement. He lived in downtown Los Angeles.

“Brooks was an incredible young man who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and unwavering positivity,” the statement read. “His sudden loss is devastating to all who knew him, and his family, friends and colleagues appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have poured in from across the country.”

He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he majored in recreation, parks and tourism administration, with a concentration in sports management, the bank said.

James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, of Janesville, Wisconsin, died of their injuries after lightning struck at the park just outside the White House complex, the Department of Health said. metropolitan police.

A fourth victim, an unidentified woman, was hospitalized in critical condition, police said on Friday.

The Muellers were on a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate their anniversary, according to their niece, Michelle McNett of Janesville.

“They were a very loving couple,” McNett told the Wisconsin State Journal. “They were very, very family oriented. I think everyone is just in shock right now and kind of asking for privacy.

The couple had five children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, she told the newspaper.

Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers witnessed the lightning Thursday night and ran to provide first aid, officials said.