Middletown Man Struck By Lightning, Cause of Death Undetermined

Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office said the death of David Toy was 'undetermined' but neighbors believe it was due to the electrical storm.

MIDDLETOWN–Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks confirmed that David Toy, 62, died on the front lawn of his Middletown residence Tuesday evening.

The Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office officially concluded his sudden death as "undetermined" however reported that he had a history of hypertension that coincided with an electrical storm.

A thunderstorm moved quickly through the Middletown area Tuesday evening and around 6:15 p.m. police and emergency personnel were dispatched to the 9 Citation Lane residence for a call of someone being struck by lightning.

Medical Examiner Dr. Frederic Hellman said he could not find any evidence on Toy's body that he was struck by lightning. 

"But that doesn't mean it didn't happen," he said. 

Hellman said Toy had sudden changes to his heart and a history of high blood pressure that co-occurred during an electrical storm. 

"I don't have evidence that (lightning) caused his death," Hellman said. "I can't say it did or that it didn't happen."

No one was transported from the scene, fire officials said. Toy was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday.

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