NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police say 13-year-old Carlos Ramos has died after he was struck by lightning during Thursday night’s storm in the Bronx.
Six other people, including a 5-year-old, were also hospitalized but are expected to survive their injuries.READ MORE: NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
The Parks Department said the group was sitting on the sand at Orchard Beach around 5 p.m. when they were struck by lightning during the fast-moving storm.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island
A family friend was devastated to hear of Carlos’ death.
“He was a kid, and he was a good kid, a really, really good one,” Jamila Banks said.MORE NEWS: NYPD: Suspect Stole Credit Cards From McDonald's Employees To Buy Food At Restaurant
“Prior to the incident, lifeguards had cleared all swimmers from the water, and Parks staff made announcements over the public address system instructing patrons to clear the beach,” the Parks Department said in a statement.