Bellport Man, 21, Dies in Forklift Accident, Cops Say

A 21-year-old Bellport man was killed Thursday when the forklift he was operating overturned, Suffolk County police said.

The incident, which homicide detectives said appears to be non-criminal, occurred at Swim King in Rocky Point at approximately 4:30 p.m., police said.

The victim, Jose Rodriguez, was operating the forklift when the machine fell to its side, pinning Rodriguez under the roof of the forklift, police said.

Rodriguez was transported to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will be conducting an autopsy, police said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been notified, police said.

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