Teen trying to get mobile phone from locked room plummets to her death from fifth-floor fire escape during house party
Roche was trying to get a hold of her phone from a locked room via climbing through a window and out on to the fire escape. She slipped from the fire escape and fell five stories
A 15-year-old teenage girl fell five stories to her death from a fire escape at a Tribeca house party in New York City as she was trying to get her phone from a locked room. Imogen Roche was attending a house party on Reade St. at West Broadway when she went on to the fifth-floor fire escape at around 11 pm. The young teen was going into her sophomore year at Beacon High School.
As reported by DailyMail, Roche was trying to get a hold of her phone from a locked room via climbing through a window and out on to the fire escape. She slipped from the fire escape and plummeted five stories. A New York Police Department source added that she slipped and landed on her back when she fell. She was immediately rushed to the Bellevue hospital but did not make it.
The NYPD is investigating whether there was any alcohol involved and is talking to the owner of the apartment who happens to be the mother of one of Imogen's friends. A parent of one of the students from Beacon told the New York Daily News, "Oh my God, Imogen. She was very talented and super smart. She's an actor, she dances. And she's an only child. Oh my god, she's beautiful. She's tall. She has a wonderful, infectious personality. She's so nice to people".
The people who lived in the apartment are shocked by the unfortunate and tragic incident. One of the residents who live on the first floor said, "It's a super tragic situation. It was kind of mind-blowing to find out that someone had died right outside my apartment".
Another resident Eugene Yoo who resided one floor above where Roche fell said, "I remember the ledges were really high on the window. When I was there, I always wondered, if there was a fire, how would I get out. It would actually be a big climb [from the fire escape] to the window".
Imogen was an aspiring actor and a dancer. She also appeared on short films which were posted online by Manhattan Youth which was an after-school program that was run by her father. Police say they are investigating the circumstances around the teen's death and are also talking to the apartment owner, the mother of Imogen's friend, trying to piece together the young girl's final hours.