CREATED Jun. 28, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A first time father to be is killed by a bolt of lightning in Collier County. It happened Wednesday afternoon when 35-year-old Robert Wiley was working on a construction site in Golden Gate Estates.
With one strike of lightning, Rita Roar and Dana Nash said their world crumbled.
"He wanted to provide for his family, he didn't care what he did for a job, he just always loved me for who I was and I don't think I'll ever find that again." Fiance Dana Nash said.
Friday, the two returned to the construction site where Wiley was killed. Fiance Dana said all day Wednesday she felt a sickening sense of terror.
"I texted him and said I worry about you it is my job and I just knew something was going to happen. The last thing he said was I know babe I love you I'm fine and I just never heard from him again." Nash said.
That last "I Love You" is what Dana said she'll treasure from the man she'll never get to walk down the aisle to and who'll never see the birth of his un-born child. Dana is 6 months pregnant.
" He was the most amazing guy you'll ever meet and he was so excited to be a dad, his first child." Nash said.
Family members said they'll remember Robert as a big hearted outdoorsman who would do anything for those he loved.
"He used to work on crab boats that was one of his favorite things to do and he took this job because it was closer to home." Mother, Rita Roar said.
The family said they now want to send a stern warning for everyone to take severe weather seriously.
" On the way here on the airplane people were worried because they couldn't get off the plane because it was lightning. We had to sit on the plane for 20 minutes and they were aggravated but they didn't understand I was there because I had a son that died from lightning." Roar said.
The family set up a Robert Wiley Memorial fund through PayPal and the Collier County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death.