How horrible! Not solely did this poor 17-year-old lady die, her final moments will need to have been consumed by unbridled terror as one factor after one other tried to kill her.
Valentina Tomashosky was driving throughout a thunderstorm on Sunday afternoon when the extreme winds blew down a tree, proper into the highway. The Spring Hill, Florida teen managed to swerve to keep away from a collision with the tree, however based on the Florida Freeway Patrol that solely put her in additional jeopardy.
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She drove over a damaged energy line that had additionally been knocked down within the storm, presumably by the fallen tree. The wire was nonetheless dwell and sparking, and because the tire of her Dodge Avenger drove over it, the electrical shock one way or the other ignited into an inferno, engulfing the driving force’s facet.
As the hearth unfold over the automobile, Valentina shortly climbed into the passenger facet and escaped out of that door. Nonetheless, she both stepped proper onto the facility cable or right into a puddle of water it was touching — as a result of she was electrocuted.
The FHP’s Sgt. Steve Gaskins informed WFLA:
“I believe that almost definitely led to a panic on her half, which it might with anyone, and he or she in all probability had no idea or clue what was ready for her on the opposite facet of that door when she acquired out.”
Valentina was pronounced lifeless on the scene; the FHP believes she was killed immediately. No less than she didn’t endure, which is a mercy contemplating what a horrifying scene this will need to have been.
A neighbor who witnessed the inconceivable incident informed native ABC Motion Information there was a loud POP above the noise of the storm, and the automobile instantly went up in flames. Sadly the hazard was nonetheless there for first responders. The neighbor recounted:
“So, even when the police arrived, they couldn’t get out of the car as a result of the facility was nonetheless dwell… so, it was devastating to look at.”
Emergency employees truly needed to shut off energy for the entire neighborhood for hours simply to securely take away the automobile, the facility line, the tree, and the physique.
Valentina, who glided by “Val,” was set to graduate this June. She was a cadet lieutenant in her highschool’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Coaching Corps. Commander Christian Cruz launched a press release about his pupil, saying:
“Val was not solely an impressive pupil however was a revered chief of our unit and was a part of our Unarmed Exhibition staff. To the cadets of Delta Firm, she was a mentor and a pal. Valentina was admired for her dedication to the unit however she was liked most for her joyful spirit and her ever-present smile. Her loss is deeply felt and he or she shall be missed.”
So terrifying. It feels like she was amazingly courageous all through the ordeal and simply acquired so terribly unfortunate. So, so unhappy.
Be protected on the market, everybody.
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