Big Bear Lake, CA Two Children Killed By Lightning, Sep 1958
LIGHTNING KILLS TWO CHILDREN.
Big Bear Lake, Calif. (AP) - Lightning Sunday killed two children and seriously injured a third child of Bob Reinhard, former All America football player at the University of California who later was a star player, for the Los Angeles Rams.
The dead were MARK LAWRENCE REINHARD, 7, and TRUDY LEE REINHARD, 13.
Their sister, DIANA, 14, was badly burned and reported partially paralyzed. She was taken to Santa Anita Hospital at nearby Lake Arrowhead.
The tragedy occurred shortly after 4 p.m. when a massive electrical storm struck the Big Bear Valley.
The three children were standing on a boat landing watching their father, whose full name is Robert Richard Reichard, and another son, Robert Richard Jr., 10, boating on Big Bear Lake.
Witnesses said the three children took shelter in a small plywood building near the lake edge as lightning crackled across the sky. A bolt struck the shelter, splintering it to bits, the witnesses said.
The father, who was trying to make his way back to the landing at the time, said he saw the lightning strike but was not aware that two of his children were dead.
Minutes after the children were killed the storm ended and the valley again was bathed in sunshine.
Reinhard, a tackle on California football teams in 1939-41, was named to The Associated Press All America team in 1940.
He starred for the Los Angeles Dons of the All America Conference in 1946-49 and later played for the Rams. He was named to all-pro teams four times.
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