Teen hit by lightning in Aurora, transported to hospital with severe injuries

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AURORA, Colo. -- A teenager hit by lightning Friday afternoon went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries according to the Aurora Fire Department.

It happened at about 3:50 p.m. in a field along Centrepointe Drive just south of Alameda. That's just east of the Aurora Town Center Mall.

The teen and two companions were trying to cross the open field when the storm... and lightning hit.

A Good Samaritan who was leaving a job site was flagged down by John Brisnehan who said someone had been hit by lightning. Brian Walker drove his vehicle across the field and raced to the teen's side.

"I jumped out of my car. He [Brisnehan] was on my cellphone calling 911 and I turned him over and I started performing CPR on him."

The 911 calls indicated the boy was unconscious and not breathing.

He was transported to a hospital about 20 minutes after the lightning strike.

Burnt clothing and school papers remained on the ground hours after the lightning hit.

Many parts of metro Denver had brief but powerful thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.