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Detectives Identify Workers Injured in Lightning Strike in Parkland

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PARKLAND, FL - Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives released the names of the two survivors of Wednesday's lightning strike as their investigation into Maria Pascual's death continues.

According to police, at 2:10 p.m. on May 16, Pascual was working in the fields at C.W. Hendrix Farms, 12210 Loxahatchee Road, in Parkland, when she was felled by lightning. Blanca Alvarenga, who is in her 40s, and Alfonzo Ordonez, who is in his 20s, suffered lightning-related injuries, the police said.

Coral Springs Parkland Fire Rescue responded and transported Ordonez to Broward Health North. Alvarenga showed up at JFK Medical Center.

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Pascual was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center by Coral Springs Parkland Fire Rescue who pronounced her dead.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detective Jeffrey Curtis at 954-321-4231. Anonymous tips can also be provided to Broward Crime Stoppers by calling 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.

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