51-year-old Phyllis Kalinowski of Brandon was hit and killed by a lightning strike while on Belleair Beach on May 28, 2013.
Belleair Beach, Florida - Tuesday evening at dusk, you could still see the lightning over Belleair Beach hours after 51-year-old Phyllis Kalinowski was hit and killed by a lightning strike.
Crime scene tape was crisscrossed around the area and the medical examiner took away the Brandon mother's lifeless body.
Sergeant David DiSano is with the Pinellas County Sheriff's office. He says we had a significant thunderstorm come through the area around 6 o'clock.
Sergeant DiSano says Kalinowski was at the beach with her friend of seven years. He says Phyllis and Dawn Rysfoski saw the storm starting to roll in, when Dawn headed for shelter thinking Phyllis was close. However, the two got separated and that's when the storm bared down on them.
"So after the storm had let up a little but the friend went looking for - her friend Phyllis - and unfortunately found her here out at Bellair Beach," said DiSano.
Dawn found her friend's body near the shoreline. The bolt of lightning investigators believe cost Phyllis her life.
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