Tue, Dec 08, 2009
The Star/Asia News Network
SUBANG JAYA, Malaysia: A college student who was trying to take cover from a downpour was killed when he was struck by lightning while running to his car in USJ 2/11, near here.
Tan Han Yim, 20, a mass communications student from a college in Subang Jaya, was playing basketball with his friends when it started to rain.
He died on the spot from burns to his chest and face.
In the 5.30pm incident on Sunday, Han Yim and a few friends were running to his car which was parked about 10m from the basketball court.
Han Yim, who was struck as he was running past a tree, was rushed to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Subang Jaya district police chief Asst Comm Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar, when contacted, confirmed the incident.
At the Gui Yuan crematorium in Petaling Jaya last night, Han Yim's father said parents should stop their children from playing basketball during the current rainy season.
"I have advised Han Yim many times not to play basketball in the rain.
"He was very alert because when it started raining he ran back to his car," he said, adding that unfortunately his son was struck as he was running to take shelter.