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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Former Coney Island Strong Man Struck by Vehicle

A 104-year-old former Coney Island, New York strong man was struck and killed by a minivan on Monday, January 11 while on his morning walk. The man, Joe Rollino, was crossing Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn just before 7:00am when the accident occurred.

Rollino was taken to Lutheran Medical Center with fractures to his ribs, chest, face, and pelvis, as well as head trauma. He died later that day.

Rollino claimed he walked five miles every day, rain or shine. He avoided cigarettes, alcohol, and meat. At the peak of his strength, he weighed anywhere between 125 and 150 pounds and stood 5-foot-5. Some of his accomplishments include lifting 475 pounds using only his teeth, biting down on and then bending quarters with his thumb, raising 635 pounds with one finger (what he once said was his proudest moment), and moving 3200 pounds with his back.

He was not officially the world's strongest man, but pound for pound was among the strongest. He had an incredible life and was among the legends of New York City. All of this gone in one accident.

Authorities say the woman who struck Rollino was not charged and that drugs and alcohol were not factors. She was given a summons for a defective horn. Rollino was not walking in the crosswalk when he was struck.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact the Accident Lawyers Network to find an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.

posted by Neil at 11:01 AM

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