Funeral plans being made for lightning victim

May 19, 1991|By Sheridan Lyons

Funeral arrangements were being made yesterday for a Bethesda youth who died after lightning struck him Friday during a lacrosse match at a private school in Washington. Also, the conditions of seven people hospitalized after the incident improved markedly.

Fifteen-year-old Noah Eig, a freshman at the Landon School, in Bethesda, was killed by a bolt of lightning about 4:50 p.m. during a thunderstorm that had led school officials to halt the lacrosse game between Landon and St. Albans School, near Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues.

He and those injured had taken refuge under a tree, hospital officials said.

John Fisher, a faculty member acting as spokesman for the Landon School, said the school plans a memorial service for Noah.

The Bethesda youth had attended Landon since third grade an was an honor roll student, described by those who knew him as sensitive, insightful and mature, Mr. Fisher said.

He enjoyed music, playing in Landon's handbell choir and bass guitar in a rock band. The school plans an assembly about the incident tomorrow, Mr. Fisher said, and counselors will be

available to help students and teachers.

Three adults and four children were hospitalized after lightnin stuck Friday.

At Georgetown University Hospital, spokeswoman Jan Barkley said conditions were upgraded from critical to fair yesterday for two hospitalized adults, Ginger Snyder, 44, a St. Albans parent, and Fredric Laughlin, 44, a Landon parent. A third adult, Claudia Parker, 42, remained in fair condition at Suburban Hospital, a spokeswoman there said.

The four youths, listed Friday at Georgetown as being in fair or stable condition, all had improved yesterday to good condition, Ms. Barkley said. They are Jay Parker, 11, of St. Albans, and Landon students Tal Alter, 15; Jeffrey Cohen, 15; and Joshua Guttman, 15.

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