Sixty-four-year-old Jon Christian Deichert, of Gretna, La., was walking along Santa Rosa Sound, which separates Santa Rosa Island from the Florida Panhandle's mainland, when he was struck by lightning Wednesday.
Deichert had been walking with an 11-year-old girl, the daughter of family friends he had been vacationing with, but she was not seriously injured.
Thunderstorms produced heavy lightning activity throughout the western Florida Panhandle.
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