Student hit by lightning regains consciousness |

Student hit by lightning regains consciousness

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record
Park City High School graduate Conner Benson is beginning to recover from being hit by lightning in Maryland last month. Photo courtesy of the Bensons

Conner Benson, the Park City teen who was hit by lightning in Annapolis, Maryland last Wednesday has emerged from his medically induced coma. According to family members, Benson is awake, breathing on his own and responding to questions by nodding. He is still hospitalized.

Benson who graduated from Park City High School in June, was visiting his girlfriend’s family at their summer home in Annapolis. The two, Benson and Jaimie Martin, who will be entering her senior year at PCHS, and another friend, Alex Steele were securing their boats on the shore of the Severn River when a bolt of lightning struck the wet sand near them. Martin was uninjured but the two boys were knocked unconscious. The impact also sent them into cardiac arrest.

The Bensons do not yet know the long term effect of the incident on Conner but according to their posts on the site, they are optimistic about his recovery.

Monday afternoon Conner’s sister Blaire Isleib texted the Park Record, "He is actually doing remarkably well. They have moved him off the critical care floor. Lots of strides in the right direction."

A trust account has been established for Conner to help offset the costs of the medical bills and travel costs. Visit: to make any donations.

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