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Woman struck and killed by lightning moments before boyfriend was to propose

Fiance Bethany Lott Killed by Lightning

A 30-year-old man was hiking up a North Carolina mountain with his girlfriend and an engagement ring hidden in his pocket – when the cruelest hand of nature interrupted.

Bethany Lott, 25, was hit and killed by lightning on top of Max Patch Bald, a 4,600-foot mountain in Madison County. Richard Butler, the grieving fiancĂ©, suffered second-degree burns in the strike but he told the Asheville Citizen Times he didn’t initially realize he had been hit.

Butler said his girlfriend had no idea he was about to propose as they set out for a walk in a mountainous area on the Tennessee border.

“God, baby, look how beautiful it is,” Lott said of the mountain view just before the lightning struck her.

Butler tried to lift his girlfriend and get her to safety, but his legs were too weak from the blast, so he got into his car and drove to the closest house to call for help.

Later, when the paramedics arrived, Butler said he crouched near Lott’s body to perform one last act of love.

“I put the ring on her finger while the EMTs were working on her,” he told the newspaper. “They are listing me as her fiancĂ© in the obituaries.”

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