ALPHARETTA -- A 15-year-old boy is dead after being struck by lightning while riding his bicycle.
Officers were called to a residential complex around 3 p.m. Sunday after a woman told dispatchers she saw someone get hit by lightning.
Kevin Avalar was found lying unconscious in a parking lot with his bicycle next to him, Officer George Gordon said.
"I saw him on his bike ride by and then the lightning hit right after," said witness Logan DeFreest.
"I thought he was long gone, but apparently he wasn't."
Other witnesses said the victim was trying to reach a gazebo for shelter.
Paramedics treated him at the scene.
The boy was taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Avelar was a freshman at Roswell High School.
Nationally, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning, with summer being the peak period, according to the National Weather Service. Georgia ranks fourth in the nation in lightning deaths.