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

By: Brody Wooddell

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

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

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

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

But as she exited the car she stepped on the active line and was killed, ABC Action News reports

Witnesses tried to help the 17-year-old but one man was shocked as he stepped in a puddle near the car. 

Even after police arrived the power was still live so they could not get out of their vehicles to help Tomashosky. 

Crews had to turn off electricity in the neighborhood while they removed that wire and tree from the road. 

Central and southern Florida saw severe weather over the weekend.

The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, hail and lightning to wide areas of the state. 

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

Severe weather warnings were still in place across Florida on Monday. 

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