A woman has died after being stabbed by an umbrella on a windy oceanfront.Lottie Michelle Belk received a fatal chest injury on Wednesday afternoon after the beach parasol was caught in a gust. Virginia Beach police responded to the scene after receiving calls about a 56-year-old woman in cardiac arrest. Medics transported the woman to hospital, where she was pronounced dead from her wound.
Police said an anchored beach umbrella had been blown across the sand and stabbed Ms Belk in the chest. Witness Hugh Martin told KTLA-TV the victim was talking to children when she was struck. He said: “It’s pretty windy down here. It kind of looked like something out of like, Wizard of Oz.
“I mean, literally, I saw the umbrella go up in the air and, literally, it hit the woman, literally knocking her to the side. I mean, immediately the lifeguards, people started to rush around, it was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.”