ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - Justin Teilhet didn't know what happened as he and his wife, Becky, couple hiked beneath storm clouds and across the high, stunning vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday. He just knew something was wrong.
"We were hiking in the mountains one minute, and the next minute I couldn't stand up," Teilhet, 41, recalled days later.
In that minute, a lightning bolt surged to the ground, killing Teilhet's wife of nearly 22 years and knocking Teilhet and a family friend instantly to the ground. The three were hiking that afternoon along Trail Ridge Road, one of the highest and most exposed mountain roads in the country, when a seasonal Colorado thunderstorm turned a scenic stopover into a deadly encounter.
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