Tragedy Strikes: Family Files Lawsuit Against School District Over Mother’s Tragic Lightning Strike Death

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – The Seminole County School Board and the Seminole County Board of Commissioners are facing a new lawsuit alleging negligence in the death of a woman struck by lightning while picking up her daughters from Keeth Elementary School. The lawsuit, filed by Andrew Tedesco, accuses the school district of failing to provide adequate protection outside the school, leading to his wife Nicole’s tragic accident.

According to the lawsuit, Nicole was waiting for their two daughters, Ava and Gia, outside Keeth Elementary School when the family was struck by lightning. The lawsuit argues that the School Board and Board of County Commissioners bear responsibility for maintaining a safe environment and had a duty to foresee the risk of lightning strikes.

The lawsuit claims that parents are required to wait outside for their children during dismissal, exposing them to the elements without any protection. It alleges that the lack of adequate shelter outside the school contributed to Nicole’s untimely death.

Experts from the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) emphasized the dangers of lightning strikes, especially in Central Florida, which experiences a high number of lightning strikes. They stressed the importance of seeking shelter indoors or in a vehicle when thunder is heard.

The lawsuit comes in the wake of recent statistics that show the deadly impact of lightning strikes. In the United States alone, lightning strikes claimed the lives of 13 people last year, with Florida accounting for four of those fatalities. Tragically, Nicole was one of the four Floridians who lost their lives to lightning strikes in 2022.

When approached for comment, the Tedesco family and their attorneys did not respond. The school board and Board of County Commissioners declined to comment on the pending litigation.

The lawsuit against the Seminole County School Board and Board of County Commissioners underscores the importance of providing safe environments for students and parents on school premises. As the legal proceedings continue, the case brings attention to the need for increased measures to protect against lightning strikes, particularly in lightning-prone areas like Central Florida.