Lightning survivor says strike felt like 'a spike'

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Lightning shocked Chris Maloney Monday afternoon, but as he shares his story of survival, the White Lake man says nature was very close to changing the course of his entire family.

Call Maloney the catalyst to your Cadillac. The auto technician is no stranger to automotive power.  But while walking to a customer’s car in the parking lot of LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland Township, Maloney felt the touch of nature’s spark plug.

“The lightning hit and as soon as I saw it, I felt it.” said Maloney, “You know, you feel the shock, and it felt like a spike was going through me.”

Maloney didn't exactly see his life flash before his eyes. He says he was focused on a life that was about to begin.

“After six years, we’re having a baby of our own." said Maloney's finacee Melinda Campau, "And it was just really scary. I don’t know what I would do. I was a hot mess.”

Campau raced to the hospital, and was relieved to learn her fiancé would be coming home.

“You know, I got to go home to my family," said Maloney, "Which in the end, is the most important thing to me.”

The lightning survivor came back to work the next day, where colleagues not only surrounded him with love, but with a healthy dose of levity.

“I have probably about five or ten nicknames." said Maloney, "Sparky, Son of Zeus, Flash Gordon.”

Maloney says call him whatever you want. Most around LaFontaine Cadillac will call the man… lucky.

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