NYC Teenager Falls To Her Death Off Fire Escape While Trying To Retrieve Cell Phone

A 15-year-old girl is dead after falling from the fifth floor fire escape of a building in New York City over the weekend, and police are calling the whole thing a tragic, but accidental death.

Imogen Roche had been at a party in the TriBeCa neighborhood around 11:00 p.m. local time on Sunday night when she allegedly slipped off the fire escape, and fell five stories to the ground.

People who witnessed the incident called police, and the 15-year-old was quickly transported to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Upon further investigation, the NYPD came to the conclusion that the fall was accidental. Roche, cops say, was trying to get into a locked room in the apartment to retrieve her cell phone, which had been inside.

Pending further investigation, police don’t expect to file criminal charges against anyone in what they are already calling an accidental death.

For those who knew Roche, though, this is a real tragedy; high school friend Tori Hodes told the media (below):

“ was really emphatic and always knew what to say to her friends who were struggling. She always told her friends that things would get better. She was really creative. She loved to sing, dance and act. She wrote a lot of songs … She was really passionate and loyal to her friends.”

So, so sad.

A beautiful life, taken too soon.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Imogen Roche’s family, friends, and loved ones.


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