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Man Wanted In Wife’s Stabbing Hit By Lightning

April 2, 1990

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ A man struck by lightning while police sought him for questioning in the stabbing of his wife was in serious but stable condition today, a hospital official said.

Kevin Callahan, 32, was found Saturday, lying semiconscious on a fishing catwalk of the Gandy Bridge, the causeway between Tampa and St. Petersburg. He was barefoot and had suffered injuries to his right hand and left foot, said Marianne Pasha, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.

He managed to tell his rescuers that he was wanted by the police. At Bayfront Medical Center, physicians determined that lightning had hit Callahan’s hand and exited through the foot, Ms. Pasha said.

His wife, Janet, 28, also was listed in serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center. On Thursday, a neighbor found her in the Callahans’ home here, stabbed in the throat and back with a butcher knife, police said.

Saturday afternoon, as he lay in a hospital bed, Callahan was charged with aggravated battery.

Deputies don’t know what Callahan was doing on the bridge’s fishing catwalk during a thunderstorm early Saturday. Investigators said he apparently drove there in his mother’s car, which was found on the causeway.

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