NEW YORK (AP) — A famed strongman who once lifted 3,200 pounds at Coney Island during its heyday and was still bending quarters with his fingers at age 104 has died after he was hit by a minivan in Brooklyn.
Local legend Joseph Rollino was struck Monday morning as he was crossing Bay Ridge Parkway. He suffered a broken pelvis, head trauma and broken ribs and died a few hours later at a hospital. He was known as Kid Dundee in his boxing days and was regarded as a model of health.
His friends say Rollino was a vegetarian for life, didn’t drink or smoke and exercised every day. He was a lifetime boxer and was part of an organization of men who rip book binders at the seam.
Police say the driver of the minivan was going the speed limit and had not been drinking.