VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A woman was killed Wednesday when a wind-blown beach umbrella stabbed her in the chest.
The 55-year-old woman, identified as Michelle Belk of Chester, Va., was on the beach when the anchored umbrella blew across the sand and struck her in the chest, officials told WTKR. There is no evidence of foul play.
Police said they received a call for a cardiac arrest on the beach just after 5 p.m. When crews arrived, the woman was found suffering from a life-threatening injury. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
“It was pretty windy down here. It kind of looked like something from the Wizard of Oz. Literally. Saw the umbrella go up in the air and literally hit the woman, knocking her to the side. Immediately, the lifeguards and people start rushing around. It was probably the most scariest things I’ve ever seen,” said Hugh Martin, who works on the boardwalk.
Martin said the woman was talking to children when she was struck. The Virginia Beach Police Department Homicide Unit is investigating the incident.