Beloved Florida woman, 23, killed by lightning strike

Authorities say the victim and others were under a camper when it happened

WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. – What was supposed to be a day spent mud bogging ended instead in tragedy Saturday afternoon when a Florida woman was killed by a lightning strike as thunderstorms rolled through Hamilton County.

Kourtney Lambert of Branford and others were huddled under a camper trailer at Woodpecker Mud Bog in White Springs shortly before 3 p.m. when the lightning struck, according to an incident report.

The lightning bolt at first hit a tree and then apparently traveled roughly 20 feet to the camper where Lambert, 23, and others had sought shelter from the storms, the report stated.

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Family members were performing CPR on the woman when a deputy, flagged down by a witness, called for an ambulance. She was taken to the hospital, but did not survive.

"We did CPR. We tried to bring her back. She was gone," one witness said.

A second person was hospitalized in the incident. That person's name and condition were not released.

Lambert, who worked at Dixie County Learning Academy, was described by a coworker as a "valuable member" of the team there.