Coroners Report: 2 Teenagers were victims of lightning strike Thursday afternoon

Mount Pleasant Township, Pa. – Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha released the following information after two teenagers were apparently struck by lightning while in Mammoth Park Lake in about 4:00 pm Thursday afternoon.

Coroner Bacha identified the victims as Brendan A. McGowan, 18 y/o male from Eastview Drive in North Huntingdon Township and Kaitlyn E. Rosensteel, 18 y/o female from Chestnut Street in Donoroa Borough.

Witnesses heard a loud crack and observed a large flash of light in the area where the teenagers were fishing. Witnesses discovered a large splintered tree and the decedents below it.

The Coroner said the decedents suffered injuries consistent with being struck by lightning. An autopsy will be performed by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Pathology Associates on June 14, 2019 and the Official cause and manner of death will be pending autopsy and toxicology results.