Woman dies after getting stabbed in the chest by wind-blown beach umbrella

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Woman Dies After Being Stabbed by Wind-Blown Beach Umbrella

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) -- A 55-year-old Virginia mother who was celebrating her birthday died Wednesday after being stabbed in the chest by a beach umbrella that had been caught in the wind.

Virginia Beach Police responded to the beach at 33rd Street just after 5 p.m. after receiving calls about a woman in cardiac arrest.

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Virginia Beach Police said they got a call about a cardiac arrest just after 5 p.m.

When medics arrived, they found a woman suffering from a life-threatening injury caused by a beach umbrella that stabbed her in the chest.

"It kinda looked like something out of 'The Wizard of Oz'," a witness told WTKR. "Literally you saw the umbrella go up in the air and literally it hit the woman knocking her to the side."

"It was probably one of the most scariest [sic] things that I've ever seen," the witness said.

Medics the woman to a local hospital, but she died as a result of her injury. She has been identified as Lottie Michelle Belk.

The investigation revealed that an anchored beach umbrella got caught by a strong gust of wind and blew across the sand. Police said the umbrella stabbed the Belk in the chest.

The Virginia Beach Police Department Homicide Unit is currently investigating this incident.

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