NYPD: Driver Error Caused Crash That Killed Mike Rogalle

NYPD determined that a driver pinballing down a Manhattan street caused a curb-jump crash that killed a pedestrian, but police and District Attorney Cy Vance filed no charges.

Mike Rogalle
Mike Rogalle

UPS delivery man Mike Rogalle, 58, was working his Financial District route on April 17, 2012, when an SUV driver ran him over on the sidewalk outside 15 Beekman Street. Rogalle was removed from life support days later.

Media reports said there were two adults and two small children in the SUV. The press identified the male adult passenger as an FDNY inspector, and said a woman was driving. The names of the people in the SUV were not reported in the press or disclosed by NYPD.

Last May NYPD rejected a FOIL request for documents pertaining to the crash. Vance’s office, responding to a separate FOIL filing, said it had no record of an investigation.

We appealed the NYPD FOIL denial, and in July the department sent us a one-page report on the crash, embedded below, with the name of the SUV driver and other information redacted.

According to the NYPD report, the driver, traveling westbound on Beekman, “struck the right curb then veered left” to avoid a “parked unoccupied vehicle” before “accelerating and mounting the south sidewalk,” striking Rogalle from behind and pinning him between the SUV and the entrance to 15 Beekman Street.

NYPD concluded that “operator error” caused the crash. According to the police report, the investigation was concluded on June 18, 2015 — more than three years after the crash and a few weeks after the department received the Streetsblog FOIL request.

Vance recently secured a felony indictment against a driver who injured a woman on the sidewalk near where Rogalle was killed.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    obvious The driver wasn’t The wife.

  • Ian Dutton

    “First murder is a freebie. Now look the other way.” – NYPD

  • J

    So Vance’s office had no idea that NYPD did an investigation?!? Pitiful.

  • Tyson White

    Do I understand this correctly? The case was reopened because the original complaint report failed to mention there was a dead pedestrian involved? Are you able to get the original complaint report?

  • Brian Howald

    In the same vein, if the above is true, did the NYPD deny the request in May because it would show that the the Department had not touched the investigation since the date of the crash?

  • Brad Aaron

    I have heard from multiple sources over the years that a woman was driving and a man was in the front passenger seat holding a baby.

  • Bernard Finucane

    New york needs curbside polders.

  • Guest

    They documented the time to a level of a few minutes that they completed the investigation? More than three years later?! What the hell! Is that just a spiteful joke to rub it in that nobody can make them do their job? Oh you want paperwork? Here’s your paperwork!?

  • Joe R.

    Driver’s name redacted? Why? If you kill someone while driving your name should be on public record. Sounds to me like one of two things. Either this was a couple who were “very important people”. Or the man was a “very important person” who was cheating, and therefore had some pull to keep his and the driver’s name secret.

    New York City. One set of laws for the elite, another set for everyone else.

  • aarrrrrimapirate

    Agreed. Something smells super fishy. Does anyone else know of cases where they’ve redacted names?

  • Andrew

    The FOIL request was initially rejected on May 19, 2015, because it would have constituted an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    On appeal, the NYPD released a document dated June 18, 2015.

    If the document in question didn’t exist on May 19, 2015, how could the NYPD have claimed that its release would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy?

  • Andrew

    As of June 10, the date of Vance’s response, the NYPD hadn’t done an investigation. The NYPD investigation was dated June 18.

  • Tyson White

    And by “reopen the case” they mean just edit this piece of paper.

  • Tyson White

    Yes. It says the passenger was an NYFD inspector.

  • ahwr

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2015/06/22/driver-kills-cyclist-in-ditmas-park-nypd-and-media-blame-deceased-victim/

    NYPD does not usually divulge the names of drivers who kill people unless charges are filed.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/09/27/no-charges-or-summonses-for-driver-who-killed-kiko-shao-5-in-sunset-park/

    NYPD would not tell Streetsblog the name of the driver, a 28-year-old male with a valid license.

    It’s been going on for years.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    wow – you mean the infant was being endangered also ?

  • stairbob

    Never mind the polders, here’s the Sex Pistols!

  • nanter

    Address, place of employment? Why?

  • Joe R.

    Public safety. You’re entitled to know if your neighbor has a history of reckless driving, same as you might want to know if they were a murderer, rapist, whatever.

  • com63

    Can Vance now charge the driver with something now that the report indicates that they are at fault?

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