Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In

Mike Rogalle Killed by Curb-Jumping Driver in Manhattan, No Charges Filed

4:17 PM EDT on April 26, 2012

Mike Rogalle, the UPS worker struck while on the job in Lower Manhattan last week, has died.

Rogalle was on the sidewalk near 15 Beekman Street at 4:39 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, when the driver of a GMC SUV jumped the curb, striking him from behind. Witnesses described a horrific scene, with Rogalle trapped under the vehicle, his internal organs exposed, until he was freed by emergency responders. He was reportedly awake and talking when he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. Rogalle died on Sunday. He was 58.

A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Rogalle reportedly worked for UPS for 39 years, 26 of them on the same route in the Financial District, where he was well-known and well-liked.

There were two adults and two small children in the SUV at the time of the crash, according to reports. The adult passenger, a man, was identified only as an FDNY inspector. The driver, an unidentified woman, was reportedly removed from the car by FDNY and placed on a backboard with a neck brace. All four people in the car were taken to New York Downtown Hospital, reports said.

Though all details point to a high-speed crash -- it would be all but impossible to "lose control" of a vehicle, jump a curb, kill a pedestrian, injure yourself and your passengers while adhering to the city's 30 mph speed limit -- Downtown Express reports that NYPD found "no criminality."

"How could you go fast here on these streets?" said a local to the Daily News. "There's stop signs, there's construction and congestion. Look at the height of that curb! How fast could she have been going?"

This fatal crash occurred in the 1st Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Edward J. Winski, the commanding officer, head to the next precinct community council meeting. The 1st Precinct council meetings happen at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the precinct, 16 Ericsson Place. The officer we spoke with could not immediately confirm if tonight's meeting would take place as scheduled. Call the precinct at 212-334-0640 for information.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Cruise Ships Saddle Red Hook with Traffic ‘Nightmare,’ Toxic Fumes

Red Hook is drowning in traffic and smog from cruise ships Mayor Adams has touted as a "boost" to the economy.

September 21, 2023

Thursday Headlines: UN Hypocrisy Week Edition

The Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden preach climate action, yet still oppose better bus service. Plus other news.

September 21, 2023

Online Retailers Selling Illegal Batteries and Mopeds to City Buyers

Call it Amazon crime: The mammoth online retailer is selling illegal batteries and mopeds to city residents, despite such devices being forbidden from city streets.

September 21, 2023

Manhattan BP Wants To Raze FDR Drive South of Brooklyn Bridge

It's a great idea, but will highway-obsessed officials bite?

September 21, 2023

Wednesday’s Headlines: Head-Scratcher Edition

Three items crossed our desk yesterday that simply need to be addressed. Plus other news.

September 20, 2023
See all posts