CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham teenager Brendan Darby was "shaken but stable" after a witness said he was knocked unconscious by a lightning strike Thursday night on Haas Field in Chatham Borough.
According to Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbons, a call of a "suspected lightning strike" was received at 8:39 p.m.
"A juvenile witness running on the rubberized turf field noticed a lightning strike close by, turning to see the victim, Brendan Darby (19 years-old) of Rose Terrace in Chatham Township, lying unconscious approximately ten feet from the soccer goal post," Gibbons reported. "The witness did not actually see the suspected strike, but reports Darby was unconscious for approximately two minutes and woke in the prone position with a tingling sensation over his body. The witness ran to a neighbor’s house (John Tunny) on Ellers Drive to summon help.
"Mr. Tunny went over to Haas Field and found Darby wandering around unsteady before escorting him to his home to summon medical assistance. Upon Patrol’s arrival, Darby was alert and conscious. He did not recall seeing a lightning strike nor did he recall falling unconscious. He appeared shaken but stable."
Darby was transported by the Chatham Emergency Squad to Morristown Medical Center.