In New Jersey, the family of Stephen Rooney, 54, is mourning his loss after a bizarre lightning strike. Rooney’s father was killed by a lightning strike 48 years ago when Rooney was five. At a picnic with friends and family, Rooney told people not to worry about the thunder in the area because lightning never strikes the same family twice. Seconds after making that statement, he was hit and killed by lightning.
The odds of a family having two individuals killed by lightning in separate incidents is astronomical. Rooney’s cousin’s son, Scott Digerolamo was also hit by the lightning and was blown off a bench. However, he survived.
Rooney had stepped away to have a cigar when the lightning struck.