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Lightning strike may have killed construction worker in Seminole

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Storm Team 8 radar image from the time of the apparent lightning strike Storm Team 8 radar image from the time of the apparent lightning strike
Picture ID of Navarrete-Guerrero Picture ID of Navarrete-Guerrero
Construction site at Bayou Grande Community in Seminole Construction site at Bayou Grande Community in Seminole
Mercy Itturiaga is President of J.M. Stucco and Plastering. She called Navarrete-Guerrero "friendly and bubbly." Mercy Itturiaga is President of J.M. Stucco and Plastering. She called Navarrete-Guerrero "friendly and bubbly."
SEMINOLE, FL (WFLA) -

An autopsy will determine if lightning was the reason a construction worker died on site Wednesday.

Witnesses tell News Channel 8 that Agustin Navarrete-Guerrero, 40, went to roll up the windows of an SUV after the rain began.

“They figure maybe he went to the restroom and nobody saw any concern to look for him,” said President of J.M. Stucco and Plastering Mercy Iturriaga. “After about 15 minutes, it was too long.”

Workers found the victim face down in a puddle next to the SUV. After discovering him and while waiting for EMS, workers took the victim into a nearby garage and began CPR.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was a family man. He was a real hard worker and he was always there when you needed him and he was friendly, bubbly. He was a friend; he was like family to this company,” said Iturriaga.

“He was surrounded by a puddle of water. I doesn’t appear that it would’ve been a direct hit but maybe perhaps some electrocution and some conduction of energy through his system,” said Cecilia Barreda with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Friends tell us Navarrete-Guerrero was healthy. He’d been working for the company for 6 months and was plastering walls at the Bayou Grande townhomes in Seminole when he died.

An autopsy will determine if a lighting strike killed Navarrete-Guerrero or if he died from other causes.

Call President of J.M. Stucco and Plastering Mercy Iturriaga 813-270-2583 if you want to help pay for Agustin Navarrete-Guerrero’s funeral.

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