Girl, 17, killed after stepping on downed power line while trying to escape burning car after crash

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Girl, 17, gets electrocuted after stepping on downed power cord while trying to escape from burning car after crashing in Florida storm

  • Valentina Tomashosky, 17, was driving her Dodge Avenger when she crashed into a power line that was brought down by a tree in a recent storm
  • The live power line set fire to Tomashosky’s car on the driver’s side, so she tried to escape on the passenger side
  • But she got on the active line and was electrocuted
  • Tomashosky, who went by the name ‘Val,’ was a senior who graduated in June and attended Pasco-Hernando State College in the fall.
  • Florida has been hit hard over the weekend, with reports of major hail, damaging winds and tornadoes

A 17-year-old Florida girl was electrocuted when she stepped on a fairing while trying to escape her burning car after a crash in a severe storm in Florida this weekend.

Valentina Tomashosky was driving her Dodge Avenger in Spring Hill, near Tampa, when she crashed into a power line that was brought down by a tree during a recent storm, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Hernando County Fire Rescue says the power line set her car on fire.

Tomashosky was driving her Dodge Avenger when she crashed into a power line that was brought down by a tree in a recent storm

Tomashosky was driving her Dodge Avenger when she crashed into a power line that was brought down by a tree in a recent storm

Tomashosky was a cadet lieutenant in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at her school and had spent all four years of high school in ROTC.

Tomashosky was a cadet lieutenant in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at her school and had spent all four years of high school in ROTC.

Tomashosky was a cadet lieutenant in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at her school and had spent all four years of high school in ROTC.

Tomashosky’s car caught fire on the driver’s side, so she tried to escape from the passenger side.

But when she left the car she got on the active line and was killed, ABC Action News reports

Witnesses tried to help the 17-year-old, but a man was shocked when he got into a puddle near the car.

Even after the police arrived, the power was still running so they couldn’t get out of their vehicles to help Tomashosky.

Crews had to turn off nearby electricity while clearing that wire and tree from the road.

Tomashosky, who went by the name ‘Val,’ was a senior who graduated in June and attended Pasco-Hernando State College in the fall, according to News channel 8

She was also a cadet lieutenant in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at her school and had spent all four years of high school in ROTC.

Central High’s NJROTC Commander Christian Cruz said Tomashosky was a dedicated leader.

He said: “Valentina was admired for her dedication to unity, but she was most loved for her cheerful spirit and her ever-present smile. Her loss has been deeply felt and she will be missed. ‘

Valentina Tomashosky, who went by the name 'Val', was a senior who graduated in June and attended Pasco-Hernando State College in the fall.

Valentina Tomashosky, who went by the name 'Val', was a senior who graduated in June and attended Pasco-Hernando State College in the fall.

Valentina Tomashosky, who went by the name ‘Val’, was a senior who graduated in June and attended Pasco-Hernando State College in the fall.

Hernando County Fire Rescue says the streamline set Tomashosky's car on fire

Hernando County Fire Rescue says the streamline set Tomashosky's car on fire

Hernando County Fire Rescue says the streamline set Tomashosky’s car on fire

Central and South Florida experienced tough weather last weekend.

The storm brought heavy rain, high winds, hail, and lightning to much of the state.

Some neighborhoods near Orlando reported golf ball-sized hail, while tornadoes caused damage in the Panhandle.

On Monday, there were still severe weather warnings all over Florida.

The National Weather Service had one ‘improved’ risk level for residents, warning of big hail, damaging winds and a “tornado or two.”

According to USA Today, up to 20,000 Florida residents were without power.

Thousands of people were left at Miami International Airport after thunderstorms resulted in more than 100 flights being canceled.

Enraged passengers complained that they were stuck until 10 a.m. on Sundays while desperately trying to rebook flights from Florida.

Some say the massive cancellations mean they won’t be able to get another flight out of Miami until Wednesday or Thursday.

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